LA JOYA — La Joya ISD officially became the first public multi-school district in Texas to rule out all fall sports competition in 2020, as La Joya High, La Joya Juarez-Lincoln and La Joya Palmview join Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco as the only University Interscholastic League schools to make that determination thus far amidst the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.

The La Joya school district made it official by notifying the two district executive committees — District 31-6A for La Joya and Juarez-Lincoln, and District 30-5A for Palmview (La Joya Palmview competes in District 16-5A DI for football) — in writing on Monday, officially signaling that it won’t participate in any cross country, football or volleyball competition during the fall sports competition.

“The health, safety and well-being of our students, employees and community remain the highest priority for La Joya ISD,” the district wrote in a news release. “Thank you for your understanding and continued support of this precautionary measure we have taken to safeguard the health and well-being of our community. Together or Apart We Will Shine Bright at La Joya ISD!”

Matt Stepp of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football was the first to report the news Saturday. Multiple La Joya ISD sources confirmed to The Monitor that the three La Joya high schools verbally informed their respective DECs on Friday.

Due to the severity of the COVID-19 crisis locally, the La Joya ISD Board of Directors voted Thursday to extend the start of online-only learning for the first eight weeks of the school year per Texas Education Agency school reopening guidelines, which would make Nov. 2 the first day when on-campus classes can resume.