Sports Update – November 18, 2020

As KCKPS prepares to move to hybrid learning in January, there is one important thing to note if your high school student athlete plans to take part in sports starting this winter.

In November, the KCKPS Board of Education approved a phased in approach to jump starting sports amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The board approved the recommendation by administration to allow student athletes to begin practice on January 4, 2021 for basketball, swimming and bowling.

Included in the recommendations by the Unified Government of Wyandotte County is keeping students who are practicing and playing together in one group. In order to follow these guidelines, USD 500 is asking any student athletes who plan to participate in sports to remain in the Remote Learning Model.

This recommendation is important since the district is asking parents/guardians to log into the Parent Portal through Infinite Campus to decide if they want their child to remain

Staying in Remote Learning Model will include students who plan to play spring sports or the alternate fall season sports.

Additional Sports Guidelines

The District will follow the Winter Sports Guidance recommended by the Unified Government Public Health Department (UGPHD). The District’s athletic department will follow the risk reduction precautions which include:

  • carefully cohorting participating students
  • quickly identifying infections
  • Limiting spectator attendance
  • monitoring symptoms

League games will not begin until January 18th and students competing will be required to continue learning remotely during the sports season. There will be no spectators during the games, instead the games will be live streamed.

“This provides our student athletes with opportunities to participate and compete while we prepare to start the season safely after the holidays and family gatherings,” said KCKPS Athletic Director Tammie Romstad. “The District will continue to monitor the status of the pandemic using KDHE Gating Criteria prior to the start of January practices”.

The approval by the board also includes parents being required to complete a form acknowledging that they are aware of the current recommendations or mandates by the UGPHD as it relates to the status of the health pandemic.

The Board voted earlier to postpone Fall Sports due to the increasing reports of positive COVID-19 cases in the county. The District will continue to monitor the impacts of the health pandemic in collaboration with local and state health officials.

NOTE: This update is only is for high school and does not include middle school at this time.

A decision around the future of Wrestling will be decided in January.

Posted November 18, 2020

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