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Gresham-Barlow School District makes decision to opt-in for 11-on-11 football

February 23, 2021

 

Gresham-Barlow School District makes decision to opt-in for 11-on-11 football

Decision comes as COVID-19 school health safety metrics improve

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The Gresham-Barlow School District announced today it will submit an OPT-IN plan for 11-on-11 football to the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and the Oregon School Athletics and Activities Association (OSAA). This decision was made after the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) released the latest school health safety metrics for Multnomah and Clackamas Counties February 23. The Clackamas County metrics (90.5 per 100,000)  makes the district eligible to participate in eleven man tackle football. The Multnomah County metrics (108.9 per 100,000) do not make the district eligible; however, the metrics are trending in the right direction.

Previously, the district had announced that Sam Barlow High School (SBHS) and Gresham High School (GHS) would be offering 7-on-7 football.  At that time, the school health safety metrics for Multnomah and Clackamas Counties did not make the district eligible to play 11-on-11 football unless Limited In-Person Instruction at the secondary level was in place. Limited In-Person Instruction will not be in place at the secondary level until March 8 in the Gresham-Barlow School District.

Practices for 11-on-11 football will begin February 24. SBHS and GHS are communicating with student athletes regarding the decision and the upcoming season.