RSU 73 approves low-risk sports activities competitions inside MVC, however not moderate- and high-risk sports activities
JAY — Regional Faculty Unit 73 administrators Thursday night time accepted aggressive sports activities inside the Mountain Valley Convention for golf and cross nation however opposed such competitions for soccer, subject hockey, cheering and soccer.
Initially, the board thought-about permitting competitions for moderate-risk sports activities, offered all rivals wore face masks throughout occasions.
A questionnaire was despatched to different Mountain Valley Convention faculties, Spruce Mountain Excessive Faculty Athletic Director Marc Keller stated. Their response about sporting face masks was that the Maine Principals Affiliation pointers say they’re permitted, not mandated, he stated.
“I’m undecided different groups could be prepared to put on masks,” Keller added.
Director Phoebe Pike stated lots of administrators are nonetheless attending conferences through Zoom.
“Relating to moderate-risk sports activities, I’m very involved for the scholars,” she stated. “I understand how a lot sports activities imply to the scholars. I’m very involved for them. It’s exhausting to keep away from contact in soccer. I don’t suppose we will take the danger with our college students, workers, our group.”
“There’s a discrepancy between the MPA’s clarification and its pointers,” Chairman Robert Staples stated.
Earlier within the day, the MPA announced there would be no football or indoor volleyball this fall.
Director Ann Schwab requested if band and refrain had been occurring.
“Should you can’t sing in a for-credit course, how will you cheer? It doesn’t appear equitable,” she stated.
“Athletics are extraordinarily vital,” Superintendent Scott Albert stated. “We put lots of effort into the return to highschool. If each groups don’t put on masks, it gained’t meet the straight-face take a look at.”
The unique movement to permit moderate-risk sports activities was withdrawn. A second movement to not enable moderate-risk sports activities groups to compete competitively was first amended to permit Part 4 practising to proceed. It was additional amended to permit Keller to develop an intramural program for these sports activities.
Each amendments and the unique movement handed.
The board additionally accepted permitting soccer, deemed a high-risk sport, to proceed Part 4 and permit participation in an intramural program as soon as it’s developed.
The choices apply to center and highschool sports activities packages, Staples stated.
Requested a couple of assembly on different extracurricular actions corresponding to robotics and Envirothon, Keller stated the board must wait till it sees the rules earlier than holding a gathering.