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COVID-19 Academics Information

Updated 3/4/21  

Spring Academic, Speech & One-Act Play Activities

All participants shall follow the most recent UIL COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Guidelines and additional safety protocols required by the host site. 

Updated 1/26/21

2020-2021 Spring Academic Contest Plan

Information regarding Spring Academic competitions have been posted, offering a variety of options for hosting district and region meets.   
Spring Academic Meet information, including Speech, is in the Spring Academic Contest Plan
Latest information for all events can be found on the Academics Update page.

  • CX Debate information including a qualifier reduction rubric and temporary rule modifications.
  • One-Act Play rule modifications and waivers.
  • Theatrical Design and Film entry deadlines and virtual awards dates.
  • Student Congress state championship information.
  • Robotics season schedules and event formats.
  • A+ Academics event scheduling options.

Updated 1/8/21

2020-2021 Spring Academic Modifications

Information regarding Academic events, including Congress, State CX Debate Qualification Rubric and One-Act Play Advancement can be found here: Academics Update

Updated 7/21/20

2020-2021 UIL COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Guidelines

The following guidance related to UIL activities, based on the public health situation as we understand it today, applies to the 2020-2021 school year. This guidance is effective August 1, 2020. Changes to the public health situation may necessitate changes to this guidance:

Updated 7/10/20

Remote Learning, Academic Eligibility, Credit Requirements

As schools prepare for a variety of learning options for the coming school year, UIL is providing the following information related to those options and UIL student eligibility.

  • Students participating in remote learning offered by their school district, whether synchronous or asynchronous (as defined by TEA), may participate in UIL activities if they meet all other UIL eligibility requirements. Students must be enrolled in remote learning options through the school the student will represent. Schools may develop local policies with additional requirements for participation. You can find more information related to the full-time student rule in the UIL Constitution and Contest Rules.
  • Schools should develop grading policies for remote learning options that outline the criteria for determining if a student is passing all courses at the end of grading and evaluation periods. Days when school is not in session should be treated as school holidays for purposes of determining academic eligibility for both remote and in-person learning. All students are academically eligible when school is not in session for a full calendar week or more. More information related to no pass-no play can be found in the TEA-UIL Side by Side Manual.
  • For the 2020-2021 school year, UIL eligibility requirements for the first six weeks of school have been modified to allow a student to be eligible for the first six weeks if they accumulated at least two and a half credits since the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Schools may impose additional requirements.

2020 June UIL Legislative Council Meetings

The June UIL Legislative Council meetings were be held via Zoom, and were live streamed on the UIL YouTube channel as well as the UIL Legislative Council web page. Please note that in order to ensure safe social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, there was no physical location for the meetings.

The meeting schedule is as follows:

Click here to see the meeting agenda and results.
Click here to see all the live streamed meeting videos.

5/01/20 Legislative Council Meeting Approved Resolution & Amendments

UIL press release 4/17/2020:

UIL Cancels All Remaining Spring Activities and State Championships

With the announcement from Governor Greg Abbott that all Texas schools are to remain closed to in-person learning for the remainder of this school year, and in an effort to help protect the health and safety of Texans, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) is canceling all remaining 2019-2020 spring activities and state championships.
“Our staff had been working hard on plans to resume activities this spring, but without schools in session, interscholastic activities cannot continue,” said UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt. “Our highest priority during this challenging time is ensuring the health and safety of our students and communities and making progress in the containment of COVID-19 in Texas. We are now turning our attention to the 2020-2021 school year.”
Practices, rehearsals, and workouts remain suspended until further notice. The previously communicated information allowing remote instruction remains in place. The UIL will continue to follow the direction of state authorities and will work closely with member schools to navigate this unprecedented time.
“I am grateful to the UIL staff for their leadership and dedication to students,” said UIL Legislative Council Chair Curtis Rhodes. “Together we will get through this and we look forward to the day students are once again able to participate in education-based interscholastic activities.” 
Further details will be forthcoming. Please continue to check the UIL website and social media accounts for updates.


Remote Learning/Coaching:

During statewide school suspension, remote learning/coaching of UIL activities is allowed through electronic, video or teleconferencing type methods. Schools shall limit instruction for UIL activities to a maximum of eight hours per week per activity, in addition to a maximum of sixty minutes per day Monday through Friday.


The following message was sent to Superintendents 4/17/20:


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.

Thank you,
Charles Breithaupt, EdD
UIL Executive Director

Jamey Harrison, EdD
UIL Deputy Director