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Wichita school board votes to allow fall activities with certain restrictions

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita Public Schools Board of Education voted 6-1 to allow fall sports and activities with certain restrictions on Tuesday.

The board revisited its decision to postpone the season. The board heard from the superintendent’s COVID-19 Advisory Committee on the concept. A concept that Superintendent Alicia Thompson and USD 259 athletic director J. Means feel is a win.

“I am just so excited for our families and for our kids to be able to come back and join back with the Wichita Public School family,” said Thompson.

“I am just excited that every one of our kids that wants to participate, and parents that wanted them to have that opportunity,” Means said.

It’s the compromise the superintendent and her advisory team were looking for. When board members suggested any changes or adjustments, Thompson remained firm that this was the right play call for students.

“We are glad that the board took the recommendation and voted to be able to do these sports,” she said.

“While yes it is a compromise, it is a wonderful compromise,” said Means.

Those goodbye final practices weren’t actually for nothing either. They count toward KSHSAA’s rules to have a certain amount of practices so the athletic director feels it puts them in the driver’s seat to get going right away.

Mean adds they had to do some creative scheduling.

“Some of it we are still working on, but we are ready to go.”

He said coaches were already ahead of schedule in the summer with safety giving them a lead as they head into the start of the season kicking off with volleyball and soccer on September 10 and football on September 12.

“Lets go get ’em,” said Means.

Safety remains a top priority for the district. Coaches were already having athletes wear masks and social distance during the summer, and they will take more precautions as the season progresses. If a player does become ill, the athletic director says that the team might have to shut down for some time.


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