SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Unified School District sent a note to all athletic directors last week declaring a ban on all off-season athletic activities due to a spike in COVID cases.
This means that after the bell rings, not all athletes should be training.
“Let’s be honest, our school comes out at 3:33 p.m. – they’re not safer at 3:32 p.m. than at 3:34 p.m. when school leaves,” said Scripps Ranch high school football coach Marlon Gardinera. .
Gardinera says the new rule has no impact on his athletes as he prepares with his team the last period. Other off-season sports aren’t so lucky, the coach added.
“Programs like our baseball team where they would like to start playing against other programs,” he said. “Most baseball programs play winter ball, well, with that rule, you can’t play winter ball. “
Gardinera says extracurricular activities help students, which he knows firsthand.
“I know what kind of problems I had after school and I know the youth programs and the sports programs, and the band and the theater, all the different things that kids can do after school.” , did he declare. “I know it makes a difference in the life of all of these schools. “
In-season sports may see changes in the future, including limiting the number of people in the stands at indoor events.
While other school districts could enforce vaccination warrants, San Diego Unified says they do not require student athletes to be vaccinated:
“Many have asked if we require athletes and other extracurricular participants to be vaccinated. Currently, we do not plan to require a vaccine for this group of students, however, we will continue to encourage all eligible students to be vaccinated and anticipate the potential that the Court of Appeal will allow us to go from. forward in the future.
The note says there could be further changes in February.
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