You don't have to participate in UIL anything. Head directors, Fine Arts administrators, and whoever else makes these decisions at the district level: You are just as cowardly and to blame for sending your students and staff into harms way.
Is a UIL 1st Division rating really worth that much to you?
At this point, we need to stop blaming UIL and start blaming the decision makers closer to home for their lack of leadership.
Just simply ask them: Who's making us go to UIL? And follow up with why?
"It's what's best for kids!"
Enjoy your dog and pony show. But here again I ask you: Is a UIL 1st Division rating really worth that much to you?
Good luck everyone. I hope a student doesn't die on my watch.