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Tuesday March 24, 2020:
Student Athletes, Coaches, and Families of Durham and Middlefield,
As the High School Spring 2020 athletic season was originally scheduled to start this past Saturday, I looked back at this past weekend and reflect on where we hope to move towards and what needs to occur to accomplish that goal.  The middle school season is not scheduled to begin until after April 20th at the moment.

While our schools are closed, the CIAC is recommending that we strongly discourage student-athletes from engaging in any organized athletic activity.  Social distancing is the best course of action that we can collectively take to prevent further spread of COVID-19.  I realize this is a challenge for middle school aged children - just ask my own 7th grader.

However, our common athletic goal is to return to normal sport practices, games, and some general remnants of a Spring sport season.  This goal cannot be accomplished if we do not stand firm on the importance of everyone doing their part in social distancing. We need to remind our students to not engage in organized outside team practices, workouts, or individualized instruction until the guidance on social distancing is relaxed. 
We strongly discourage students from working out as a team or groups in order to stay prepared for the hopeful upcoming sport season. Please do not gather on school grounds or anywhere else as groups.  This goes against the country’s leaders recommendations and can only contribute to the delay of schools reopening and the demise of the hope for a spring athletic season. 

I know all of us want our student athletes to remain physically fit and conditioned as well as a healthy mind and body, however we must strongly urge our student athletes on best practices for the health and safety of all in our community.  
I look forward to seeing all of you in the future once social guidelines are changed and schools and sports are back in session! 
Todd Petronio
Athletic Director
Coginchaug Regional High School and Frank W Strong Middle School