Whereas many faculties in Virginia will begin their winter sports activities seasons subsequent month, Arlington Public Colleges is not going to comply with swimsuit.
Some mother and father and a Faculty Board member urged Superintendent Francisco Durán to reverse course on this resolution in the course of the Faculty Board assembly held that night time. They argued that different jurisdictions in Virginia — including neighboring Fairfax County — are gearing up to play sports activities, and that not taking part harms college students within the short- and long-term.
“We’ve already taken faculty away from our youngsters,” stated Megan Newfeld, a mum or dad of a highschool aged-son who performs golf. “It’s now sufficient.”
Not offering public faculty sports activities makes it tougher for youths who can’t afford non-public or journey groups to enhance, she stated. Additional, she added that each one college students who’re aggressive and trying to get recruited by schools will likely be at an obstacle.
Durán stated the Virginia Excessive Faculty League permits every district to find out whether or not to take part in winter sports activities, which embrace swim and dive, basketball, wrestling, and indoor observe and discipline. APS declined as a result of it might not align with the return-to-school plan, he stated.
“Collaborating in sports activities whereas persevering with distance studying doesn’t ship a constant message,” Durán stated.
APS will revisit the metrics to see about taking part in “season two” sports activities — sports activities like soccer, cross nation and golf, that are normally performed within the fall and which principally are performed outside — he stated. Winter sports activities, in contrast, are principally performed indoors.
Faculty Board member Tannia Talento requested Durán to rethink the choice, partly as a result of college students are already doing conditioning on faculty grounds.
“These college students are in these locations already and doing work, and it’s at the highschool, the place they’re extra conscious of circumstances,” stated Talento.
Though it isn’t in step with the return to highschool plan, which is on maintain, she stated “now we have to weigh all the pieces individually and holistically and make compromises the place we are able to.”
Yorktown Excessive Faculty boys basketball coach Joe Reed lamented the choice in a Tweet on Thursday.
My coronary heart goes out to my gamers, particularly the seniors. We came upon with none discover that our season was cancelled at this time.
— Joe Reed (@CoachReed_VA) November 6, 2020
An online petition calling for APS to reverse its resolution has been garnered almost 500 signatures already.
“The advantages of workforce sports activities go far past train — improved lecturers, teamwork, management, optimistic mentorships and total improved psychological well being,” the petition says. “For this faculty yr, these components are much more essential as many Arlington youngsters are at dwelling scuffling with digital studying and lacking out on the conventional actions of their highschool years.”
“Because the superintendent and faculty board of a county with massive disparities of wealth, it’s much more essential that APS supply sports activities for individuals who can’t afford to play elsewhere,” the petition provides.
The VHSL, a statewide sports activities league comprising private and non-private excessive faculties, approved a Championship + 1 schedule in September that might enable college students to play 60% of their sport’s common season schedule, beginning in December, with modified regional and state championships.
On Oct. 29, Gov. Ralph Northam signed an govt order that enables the proposed VHSL schedule to start in December as scheduled. In a statement published by VHSL, Northam stated the league been a associate in the course of the pandemic and has drafted considerate tips for reinstating sports activities.
“Protecting our pupil athletes secure is essential throughout this pandemic,” Northam stated. “I do know I be part of many mother and father in wanting ahead to the secure return of faculty sports activities.”
VHSL Government Director Dr. John W. “Billy” Haun welcomed the information, saying within the assertion that the modification “clears the best way for all of our sports activities to play.” The league drafted tips for enjoying sports activities that embrace limits on attendees, cleansing and disinfecting suggestions, masking and social-distancing.