Shift in Sedgwick County COVID-19 reporting spurs additional fall-sports dialogue
WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – A COVID-19 advisory committee put collectively met Monday to additional focus on the fast-approaching college yr for the Wichita college district. A part of the dialogue of the group, put collectively by Wichita Public Faculties Superintendent Alicia Thompson, was whether or not college sports activities and actions can occur within the district this fall.
On, Aug. 20 the Wichita Public Faculties Board of Schooling decided for center college and highschool college students to start out the varsity yr on-line, and for no in-person athletics or activities for the first nine weeks of school.
Medical doctors, nurses, college representatives and oldsters are amongst these representing the COVID-19 advisory board for the Wichita college district. Monday, Eyewitness Information spoke with a pair of advisory board members who mentioned COVID-19 numbers are not off course in Sedgwick County, however they’re unsure if it’s sufficient to have fall sports activities and actions within the district.
Sparking some optimism is a shift in the way the county reports coronavirus numbers as children head back to school.
Sedgwick County Well being Division Director Adrienne Byrne mentioned the county is now providing a “group solely” share to assist colleges gauge the place they need to be of their gating standards. The brand new quantity wouldn’t embody remoted clusters like nursing houses and the Sedgwick County jail.
Byrne mentioned the aim is to deal with the true “group unfold” of the illness. These numbers are stabilizing general and taking place. With that, comes a extra constructive view of the gaiting criteria Wichita Public Schools uses to assess what sports or activities are safe.
Serving on the district’s COVID-19 advisory committee, Byren mentioned considered one of her main jobs goes to be taking knowledge. That knowledge reveals that the proportion of constructive circumstances has fallen below 10 % in Sedgwick County. Byrne mentioned trying on the knowledge with out clusters in remoted areas just like the jail or nursing houses brings the constructive share down even farther.
“Properly, it’s a lot smaller than what the group diseased is, smaller than what the general quantity is becuse now we have numerous clusters in long-term care amenities,” Byrne mentioned. “So that allows them to determine in the event that they actually wish to use that quantity or be extra cautious and use the entire group.”
Wichita Public Faculties Athletic Director J. Means, additionally serving on the advisory committee, mentioned he’s advocating for sports activities to be performed in 2020, however he simply needs everybody to be secure.
“The numbers are taking place, however simply realistically, I feel the committee’s requested to take a look at the rules that the board set down and if there’s any approach that we will match up and have one thing with athletics.”
He mentioned whereas the committee will make suggestions, it’s as much as the Wichita college board to determine what occurs this yr.
“What makes it so exhausting is, at some point you’ve this info and the proportion goes up, or the proportion goes down the following day, (and) making an attempt to stability all that and be able to go in no matter path the board offers us,” Means mentioned.
The Wichita college board (Wichita Public Faculties Board of Schooling) will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Wichita North Excessive Faculty to debate what the COVID-19 advisory committee recommends. A bunch of student-athletes, dad and mom and coaches will probably be at Wichita North previous to that assembly to voice their opinions.
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