The email below was sent to superintendents today. The governor’s announcement of school building closures for the remainder of the year puts a halt to our traditional competitions. We appreciate all efforts that are being put forth to create learning opportunities in the current situation. We understand that teachers and students are doing their very best to meet the challenges presented by distance learning. Competition is not the focus at the moment. However, we are attempting to provide some voluntary opportunities. Below are some updates regarding the remainder of the UIL academic year.
Optional Virtual Invitational Competitions Using District Materials
We are working on details to offer an optional virtual invitational competition during the month of May. UIL will set guidelines and offer suggestions, but participating coaches will determine the structure for distribution, grading and judging of their local contests. We are unable to cover all academic events but will do our best to offer what is feasible and workable. Participation will be voluntary for those interested. More details will follow in the near future.
Theatrical Design, Essay Contests and ILPC Star Awards
We are moving forward with the adjudication of Theatrical Design, Barbara Jordan and Latino History Essay, and the ILPC ratings. These events by nature are entered and adjudicated electronically. Our plan is to announce awards for each of these the first week of May. More details will follow.
One-Act Play, CX Debate, and Robotics FIRST Division State Championships
We are unable to complete these events in their traditional format. Together we celebrate the creative ways you are recognizing and sharing your work virtually.
Capital Conference and ILPC Summer Workshop
These events have been canceled. We will release information in the future regarding webinar and virtual conference session opportunities.
This spring’s high school Invitational A & B contest materials are posted HERE and can be downloaded for free.
The UIL academic staff is disappointed that UIL competitions were interrupted so abruptly, but we are ready to support you in every way possible—whether that be in your new distance learning role or keeping your students motivated with fun ideas. We will all be better if we share ideas that define new ways of learning and that can enhance our competition experiences in the future.
Thank you for continuing to show tremendous leadership in this very challenging time. Your communities, and our state as a whole, are better because of your efforts and dedication to students.
With the recent order by Governor Abbott closing schools for the remainder of this school year, and in an effort to help protect the health and safety of Texans, all remaining UIL activities for the 2019-2020 school year are now cancelled. We understand the value of UIL activities to students and to your communities. However, UIL always keeps the health and safety of students as the top priority. We believe this very difficult decision is the best decision to support the health of our state.
Practices, rehearsals, and workouts remain suspended until further notice. The previously communicated information allowing remote instruction remains in place.
We will work closely with schools to determine the best course of action moving forward, including relaxing coaching restrictions in some ways to allow students to prepare for the coming school year. All of those decisions will be communicated out to schools once we have them finalized.
The times in which we find ourselves remain uncertain. UIL will continue to work closely with schools and state and local authorities as we continue to navigate our way through this unprecedented situation. Thank you for your patience during this time.
We wish all of you the very best in the coming days and months. Please stay safe and know that we are here to help in any way we can.
Charles Breithaupt, EdD
UIL Executive Director
Jamey Harrison, EdD
UIL Deputy Director