DELPHOS — Delphos schools open on August 19 for in-person instruction and anything could happen between now and then in how everything will look.
The Delphos school board held a work session to discuss a number of topics Monday night including a discussion on extracurricular activities, like fall sports.
Whether sports will happen or not is up to the governor, and that announcement could come this week.
“It’s very much in the air. If the governor says we’re done, we’re done,” said Doug Westrick, Delphos schools superintendent. “These kids have been working hard the last several months. They obviously didn’t have much of a spring to compete in. These decisions, we may have some say in and some we may not. That’s just been the reality of this whole COVID experience. It’s been one challenge after another and our job is to ultimately do what’s best for kids and keep kids safe. So we’ll just see how this plays out.”
The Ohio High School Athletic Association earlier decided against a full football season, paring it down to six games and everybody makes the playoffs.
The risk of holding the games in a pandemic is something the school district might not want to do, given the legal ramifications of being sued if a player is infected with COVID-19.
The board approved the district’s face-covering policy which deals with mandating coverings for all staff and students.
The possibility of resuming online learning in place of in-person education is also a distinct possibility.
One snag is the lack of Chromebooks for every child.
“We placed this order months ago and to find out that yeah, we won’t have then when school opens like we were planning to have. Our technology coordinator just informed me of that last Friday so we’re hoping that at mid-September is we can stick with that date and feel good about that,” Westrick said.
Westrick noted that if they have to start the school year online, they would move the start date back to August 24.
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