COVID-19 Impact on High School Sports

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Published On: October 1st, 2021

Keeping students healthy and learning in-person full-time is our number one goal this school year. To do that, we must take every precaution possible to limit transmission and exposure to COVID-19. Staff recently reviewed COVID-19 data and the impact of cases on high school sports. Since the start of the school year:

  • 48.7% of students identified as close contacts from exposure to COVID-19 at school are directly related to participation in sports. 
  • 96 students have been quarantined because of a school athletics-related exposure to COVID-19. 

Although the school division does not currently require COVID-19 vaccinations for student-athletes, we strongly encourage anyone old enough to get their COVID shot and take part in the weekly screening testing described in this newsletter. According to health experts, vaccinations and consistent use of face masks indoors are the best strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep our schools open full-time. 

The school division will continue to monitor COVID-19 data and, if necessary, suspend or cancel team conditioning, practices or athletic competitions based on positive cases or the number of student-athletes exposed to the virus. In addition, the division may – based on data – update its conditions for safe play in the future.

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