REGION — Monday, faculty board members unanimously accepted establishing intramural and after faculty actions for Telstar center and excessive college students this winter. The choice got here after the board narrowly voted 7-6 in favor of not shifting ahead with the common highschool winter athletic season.
Telstar is hoping to begin intramurals the week of December 14, with actions being supplied for each center and excessive schoolers two nights of the week. Wiffleball, basketball, volleyball, ground hockey, weight room workout routines, cooking and pictures are a number of the extracurricular decisions being mentioned at present, in line with Telstar Principal Mark Kenney.
“We will solely supply actions that we all know now we have grownup supervision for,” Kenney mentioned. “We have to discover some adults who wish to handle these actions.”
All sports activities/actions would happen on campus and any college students concerned in intramural play must be masked, per state pointers.
Kenney mentioned the plan is to have intramurals run till a minimum of February trip, however didn’t rule out having them go additional into early March.
When it got here to taking pictures down a daily sports activities season, a number of issues have been raised on the assembly, specializing in each basketball and alpine snowboarding.
“I’ve my worries. Our focus needs to be preserving our youngsters in class. I feel introducing a sport like basketball might jeopardize that,” District Nurse Chris Cole mentioned.
Cole had comparable ideas relating to alpine snowboarding.
“Individuals can be going to a mountain the place there will be every kind of attainable contact,” Cole mentioned. “We’re not going to have any management over that.”
General, Cole didn’t advocate having a winter sports activities season.
“There’s at present a surge within the pandemic and I don’t foresee it getting higher anytime quickly,” Cole mentioned.
Athletic Director Gail Wight agreed with Cole that preserving college students in class needs to be the primary precedence. “I don’t wish to take sports activities away from them, however on the similar time I don’t need them to overlook out on different alternatives,” Wight mentioned.
Member Sarah DeCato (Bethel) turned the dialogue again to basketball calling the sports activities label as a average threat exercise “regarding.”
“Irrespective of how a lot compliance we put forth we all know it’s going to be onerous to watch,” DeCato mentioned.
If Oxford County have been to return to a “yellow” classification, all sports activities, together with intramurals, would cease.
Member Danny Whitney (Bethel) requested if there can be any COVID aid funds obtainable to assist with further assist for the sports activities season.
Murphy mentioned all COVID-19 aid cash wanted to be expended earlier than yr’s finish and that the cash was not meant for use for sports activities functions. Any more money wanted would come from carryover funds.