Leander ISD football, band practices can start Sept. 7

The Vandegrift High School band is pictured in this 2018 file photo. (Courtesy Leander ISD)
The Vandegrift High School band is pictured in this 2018 file photo. (Courtesy Leander ISD)

The Vandegrift High School band is pictured in this 2018 file photo. (Courtesy Leander ISD)

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This screengrab shows the extracurricular schedule released by the University Interscholastic League on July 21. (Screenshot courtesy UIL)
The University Interscholastic League, the governing body for academic, athletic and music competitions in Texas schools, released dates July 21 for practice starts and competitions for extracurricular activities in Texas schools.

For 5A-6A schools—campuses with the largest enrollments—football, volleyball and band practice may start Sept. 7, which is Labor Day. All six Leander ISD high schools fall within this category, according to LISD. Leander, Vandegrift and Vista Ridge High schools are 6A, while Cedar Park, Glenn and Rouse High schools are 5A.

The first 5A-6A football games may be played Sept. 24, according to UIL.

Schools in the 1A-4A enrollment categories may start sports on schedule on Aug. 3, according to the July 21 news release. However, band practices for 1A-4A schools may not start until Sept. 7.

“This plan provides a delay for schools in highly-populated metro areas, primarily conferences 5A-6A, given the challenges with COVID-19 those communities are facing, while providing schools in other areas, primarily 1A-4A, an opportunity to start seasons on schedule,” the July 21 news release said.


In LISD, school is scheduled to start Aug. 13 with 100% remote learning. Starting Sept. 8, students may enter either 100% in-person or 100% remote instruction.

The UIL’s coronavirus risk management guidelines for the 2020-21 school year can be found here.

LISD has stated it will adhere to Austin/Travis County health orders, which could mandate future restrictions on extracurricular activities in schools. In-person extracurricular activities were banned by LISD on July 19.

UIL said it will work with schools directly that have scheduling issues not addressed in this plan, the release said.

A screenshot of the UIL website listing the opening times is included in the photos.
By Brian Perdue
Brian Perdue is the editor of the Lake Travis-Westlake and Northwest Austin editions of Community Impact Newspaper. A native of Virginia's Appalachian Mountains, he has been a journalist since 1992, living and working in Virginia, Washington D.C., Hawaii's Big Island, Southern California and Florida before moving to Austin in 2019.


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