After careful deliberation, the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) has made the decision to close all IUSD schools and facilities effective Monday, March 16, with an anticipated return date of Monday, April 6. 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 with the hope that we will be able to resume on April 6.

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.  On April 6, a decision will be made to resume athletic events or continue with the postponement.

We will continue to communicate to our students and parents as the situation evolves.  Thank you for your support.


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.

PHS Athletic Summer Athletic Clearance Information

Any athlete needing to get athletically cleared after June 7, 2019 for the 2019-20 season should email the athletic director, Dr. Levensailor to set up an appointment.

Dr. Levensailor's Email:

2019-20 Athletic Clearance Process Information

Athletic clearance is conducted only during May and June.

Athletes must get a sports physical each year during May or June. 

Athletes must complete an account each year on


Keys to athletic clearance success:

  1. Create an account for the 2019-20 season at
  2. Select every sport you would like to be cleared for.
  3. Get a new sports physical each year in May. Print and use the Athletic Physical form linked here.
  4. Bring a hard copy of your physical, and parent signed clearance confirmation, to the PHS Athletic Office.

Important clearance policies:

Clearance for a season of sport must be completed before the tryout date.  Tryouts must occur within the two weeks prior to the start of season*.   We will not clear anyone past the tryout date.   Only transfer students will be cleared during the season.

Clearance/tryout calendar:

  • Fall: July 22- August 2, 2019

  • Winter: October 21- November 1, 2019

  • Spring: January 20- January 31, 2020

* Coaches may hold a tryout earlier for returning athletes.  These tryouts must be completed during the current academic school year before June 9, 2019.   Athletes must be cleared prior to this date to try out.  We will not clear athletes past the tryout date.




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