BAKER CITY– (Release3 from the Baker School District) Baker School District has announced its High School and Middle School sports schedule for the remainder of the school year. Oregon’s school athletics schedule had been significantly altered by state mandate in response to COVID-19 guidance.
Baker School District is required to follow the protocols and guidance put forth by the Oregon Health Authority.
“I know it’s going to be a very different year, but we have an opportunity to create a positive experience for kids,” said Buell Gonzales Jr., Baker School District Athletics Director. “We are depending on the cooperation of students, parents, staff and coaches to turn this year into a successful endeavor.”
Student athletes have begun practicing at their respective sites. Sports traditionally run in the Fall will compete first, followed by spring sports, then winter. The Fall Sports schedule does not allow for spectators. Keeping events spectator-free will help minimize risk while working through and managing the protocols and guidelines. The district will re-evaluate the moratorium on spectators at the beginning of the spring schedule.
Each sport listed will have a brief competitive season, as outlined below:
Season Dates for MS Sports
Fall Sports – Football, Volleyball, Cross Country
Feb 22nd – March 19th
Spring Sports – Track, Tennis, Golf
March 29th – April 23rd
Winter Sports – Boys/Girls Basketball, Wrestling, Cheer
April 26th – May 21st
Season Dates for HS Sports
Fall Sports – Boys and Girls Soccer, Football, Volleyball, Cross Country, Cheerleading Feb 22nd – April 10th
Spring Sports – Track, Tennis, Golf, Baseball, and Softball
April 5th – May 22nd
Winter Sports – Boys/Girls Basketball, Wrestling, Cheer and Swimming
May 10th – June 26th
The district will live stream all home events. Gonzales is working with host schools to be able to offer their livestream services to Baker fans. Streaming links and login information will be made available at BakerBulldogAtheltics.com. Dates are subject to change as the season progresses.
“Our ability to offer athletics at the MS and HS level is tied to County COVID-19 case rates,” said Gonzales Jr. “To be able to offer even this shortened schedule, we must follow the Oregon Health Authority Indoor and Outdoor Guidance for K-12 Sports.”
Guidelines are available for viewing at the following links:
Indoor: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2352.pdf Outdoor: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2351E.pdf
About the Baker School District
Nationally recognized Baker School District 5J (BSD) is a major employer in Baker City, OR, serving 1,700 students locally with an additional 3,000 online students across the state of Oregon. Through enterprising, collaborative endeavors, BSD is creating an innovative educational foundation for future Oregonians. BSD believes strong school collaboration with local partners enables us to create vibrant communities that support lifelong learners.