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athletics and covid-19  

Update as of 6/2/2020 -  Watch this video from Dr. Levensailor to hear the latest updates regarding summer camps and athletic clearance.


UPDATE as of 5/13/2020- Athletic summer camps will be moved to a tentative start date of June 22, 2020.  Coaches and athletic directors will make plans to limit group size, if large group gathering restrictions are still in place.  The start date will be delayed in increments of two weeks based on State and Health Agency guidelines and directives.  More information regarding registration, payment, etc to come as the details of this are worked out.


Update as of 3/16/20 - After careful deliberation, the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) has made the decision to close all IUSD schools and facilities effective Monday, March 16, 2020. The public health crisis created by COVID-19 has put our institutions, including K-12 school districts, in uncharted territory and we must take steps to prevent the spread of illness. In addition to proactive actions taken by IUSD, we will continue to follow the guidance of public health experts to protect our students, families, staff and the entire IUSD community. As we have more information, we will communicate with our community and provide updates on All Athletic events are postponed until further notice. While we understand this decision is disappointing, we believe that the opportunity to compete in athletic contests does not outweigh our obligation to place the health and safety of all our athletes, coaches, schools and communities. We will continue to communicate to our students and parents as the situation evolves. Thank you for your support.

2020-21 Athlete Clearance Process

Update as of 6/1/20- Athletics Physicals now available for Portola Athletes. Click here for information.

Update as of 5/13/20 - Athletics clearance has officially begun and will run through August 2020. 

  1. Please log in to, create an account for the 2020-2021 school year, and complete the requested fields. 
  2. You will need to provide a physical from the months of May, June, July, or August 2020.  Link to the Physical Form that must be completed by the doctor.
  3. Once you have completed the online portion of your clearance application, please email Tricia Pippen ( a copy of your up to date physical and confirmation pages.  She will notify you via email once your clearance is complete. 

 NOTE:  You must be cleared before participation in summer camps, tryouts, or contests (NO EXCEPTIONS).  Clearance is only issued by the Athletic Department!

2020 Summer Camp Information

Update as of 6/29/20 (Click here to view document)


Update as of 6/18/20 


  1. Camp registration and payment is on hold for now. We hope to have an update by Monday evening next week (6/22/20).
  2. We are actively clearing students for athletics. Please do this ASAP.
  3. Watch this video for more information.


incoming 9th-grade athlete information

Returning athlete information

Click here to watch the video with information for all PHS returning athletes for the 2020-21 school year.

Athlete behavior expectations

Athletes are ambassadors of Portola High School, and therefore the behavior of all athletes, in and out of competition, is of paramount importance. As a privilege and not a right, interscholastic athletics is a voluntary program and students are not obligated to participate. Participation is not required for graduation. It is the responsibility of the athlete to conform to the behavioral expectations set forth by the school’s athletic department.

Nondiscrimination statement

The Irvine Unified School District is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs and activities including membership in student clubs shall be free from discrimination based on race, color, ancestry, nationality, ethnic group identification, immigration status, age, religion, actual or potential parental, family, or marital status, or the exclusion of any person because of pregnancy or related conditions, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, or genetic information; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

The District does not discriminate in enrollment in or access to any of the activities and programs available. Admission to these programs is based on age appropriateness, class space, interest, aptitude, and prerequisite coursework where applicable. The lack of English skills shall not be a barrier to admission to or participation in the District’s activities and programs. The Irvine Unified School District also does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices.*

*The full Nondiscrimination statement can be found at and Board Policy 5145.3