CC athletes asked to discuss learning options
By Stephanie Taylor Ferriell, Senior Staff Writer, [email protected]
Nearly every aspect of education has been impacted by COVID-19, and sports is no exception.
Last week, Gov. Eric Holcomb rolled Indiana back from phase 5 of the Back on Track plan due to soaring coronavirus cases and a spiking positivity rate.
As a result, many counties have been forced to alter their plans for winter sports as Holcomb has mandated gyms may only fill to 25% capacity if they are in the orange category. There are four color-coded categories based on COVID rates; Crawford is one of only five counties in the state to remain at the less serious yellow designation (blue is the lowest).
Mike Key, superintendent of Crawford County Community School Corp., said advice was given early last week to athletes participating in winter sports.
“If you are virtual and the school gets quarantined, you can continue to practice and play without much contact tracing because your environment is home-based,” Key said.
He noted that nothing changed regarding whether students choose virtual or in-person learning.
“Everyone has that option,” said Key.
Because of greater opportunity for contact and, therefore, potential infection, Key said athletes were asked to discuss options with their families.
“You can choose to stay in person but are going to be subject to more scrutiny with quarantine and contact tracing,” he explained. “We told them to discuss with their families what would work best for them and act. Nobody was mandated as some schools have gone to. … We felt it was a good reminder to have for them to consider.”