KCKPS Winter Sports Update – November 2, 2020

With the winter sports season quickly approaching we know that student-athletes, coaches, and parents have many questions about the fate of the districts sports season as a result of Covid-19. Some key dates to note:

On November 6th– members from KCKPS will meet to further discuss the gating criteria. Gating criteria are the data-driven conditions each region or state should satisfy before proceeding to a phased opening. In this case the data will determine the safety level for sports to continue.

On November 10th– the board will receive an update on the key findings from the November 6th meeting. In addition, the board will receive the district’s protocols and procedures that will be followed in the event that sporting events are allowed to proceed. (a link to this meeting will be released to the public closer to the date)

On Friday, October 30th, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas released their guidance around winter sports.

Wyandotte County Issues Recommendation for schools on Winter Sports and Activities

This new guidance on winter sports and activities is not a Health officer Order, but instead a set of recommendations to help reduce the potential for COVID-19 Spread. It is up to the individual school boards to decide whether or not to follow these recommendations.

The primary recommendation from the UG Health Department are as follows:

“Therefore, the UG Public Health Department strongly recommends that you do not allow indoor sports or activities such as basketball or wrestling, based upon the level of community transmission and consequently, the risk involved.”

The secondary recommendation from the UG Health Department outline guidance for school sports and activities that chose to not follow the primary recommendation. Guidance include precautions to help reduce the risk of transmission. These guidelines include:

  • Carefully cohort participating students
  • Quickly identifying infections and taking steps to prevent spread of the virus to others
  • Limiting spectator’s attendance to immediate family only.
  • Regularly monitoring for symptoms among students, coaches and staff.

The UG Health Department reiterated that during the winter months, not only do illnesses spread more rapidly, but that outdoor activities are not usually an option and that grouping individuals indoors is dangerous.

(Reminder- the new guidance is a recommendation and leaves the decision around sports on local school boards)

Posted November 2, 2020

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