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Kimberly School Board: High risk fall sports moved to spring

Published: Aug. 18, 2020 at 7:59 PM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - On Tuesday evening, the Kimberly School Board voted to move all high risk fall sports seasons to the spring of 2021.

The board voted unanimously in its decision.

The board’s announcement comes on the same day as the Oshkosh School District and the Fox River Classic Conference announced they will be postponing fall seasons to the spring.

“I think everybody prefers to have Friday night lights in the fall. There’s no question about that, but when you’re dealing with a pandemic, you aren’t dealing with ideal anymore, you’re trying to just make it work so we’re going to have to make the spring work,” said Ryan McGinnis, the Kimberly Athletic Director.

Kimberly is one of 10 schools in its conference, and the district says its decision comes after five other schools it would normally compete with also moved fall sports to the spring.

“Quite honestly, I’m disappointed from a medical aspect and also a school board aspect, WIAA didn’t make a recommendation, they dumped it downstream,” said Dr. Montgomery Elmer, the Kimberly School Board President.

The decision means all fall fall sports except golf, tennis, and cross country, which are considered low risk, will be moved to the spring.

Golf, tennis and cross country seasons are still expected to take place as scheduled, however, it’s unclear how much competition the teams might have.

“Those low risk sports we will need to be creative, to create their schedule and hopefully the other four schools in our conference continue with those low risk sports and that will make it much less challenging,” said McGinnis.

The district didn’t survey students and parents ahead of making this decision, but some athletes did indicate they would drop out of sorts if they were played this fall.

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