The Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association (OSSAA) had a three phase plan the organization presented in a Friday special meeting but it failed to pass and summer activities will resume June 1.
OSSAA scheduled a 9 a.m. meeting Friday, May 22 that went on for an hour and a half hearing from all of the Board of Directors and staff about changes made to the plan in the last several days.
OSSAA Executive Director David Jackson said after looking at the language from the March 2020 meeting, the language used only canceled spring activities and they would look at summer at a later date.
According to Jackson, a not vote to the amendment would return the summer policies to how they were previously, meaning a state date of June 1, and a yes vote on the plan would implement the three phase plan presented.
OSSAA Board of Directors President Cecilia Robinson-Woods, of Millwood, said the vote wouldn’t change her opinion on what the next step be.
“Mr. Jackson, in the case of a no vote — or however this goes with the board — I would be remiss in saying that I don’t know if I would feel comfortable without some type of guidelines for schools to start back activities to deal with the current situation,” Robinson-Woods said. “So I don’t know what that would look like.”
Jackson reiterated the board could take action with a motion to accept those as guidelines only or say no and follow the rules and policies that are written currently by the OSSAA.
In a 7-6 vote, the three phase plan failed and the OSSAA posted on their website the Board voted to conduct summertime activities in accordance with current rules and policies as stated in the Administrator’s Handbook.
With the activities slated to begin on June 1, Duncan Public Schools Athletic Coordinator Bobby Cook spoke to Superintendent Dr. Tom Deighan about what the plan will look like moving forward for the district.
As the discussion remains on the table, Cook told The Duncan Banner a full plan for Duncan Public Schools will come out within the next week.
Other districts in Stephens County will continue to analyze the data and make their decisions but the OSSAA has even gone on to say in an interview later Friday afternoon that camps and clinics can begin immediately with this vote.
The Banner will update this story as more information becomes available from districts after meetings with their stakeholders.