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Road To Return

District 10 officials prepare preliminary document for high schools

Times Observer File Photo District 10 officials took their first steps toward local Pennsylvania high school sports returning this fall when they prepared a preliminary document regarding fall sports.

It looks like there will be school sports in Warren County soon.

District 10 prepared a preliminary document regarding fall sports. “This is a consensus document,” Superintendent Amy Stewart said.

In order to provide consistency in interscholastic sports among the schools in District 10, administrators from schools in that organization worked together to craft a plan, rather than having each district make its own.

That document was designed with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines in mind.

The Warren County School District school board looked over that plan on Monday and gave it unanimous preliminary approval.

Times Observer File Photo District 10 officials took their first steps toward local Pennsylvania high school sports returning this fall when they prepared a preliminary document regarding fall sports.

District personnel, including Supervisor of District-Wide Athletics Rick Gignac, will meet with coaches and athletic directors over the next few days.

In those meetings, officials will discuss the requirements like screenings; monitoring the health of athletes and coaches; cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting and ventilation; and social distancing.

Once those meetings are completed satisfactorily, the district’s programs — for the fall — may begin organized summer activities. District officials do not intend this document to apply to winter and spring sports. The district is handling one season at a time.

“We’ll be boiling this (document) down,” Amy Stewart said. “This document isn’t just going to be handed out to coaches and we’ll hope for the best. We know how important it is for us to have procedures that are handled correctly.”

“We’re going to have screening stations,” she said. “Students are going to be separated into groups.”

The rumor mill has July 1 as a formal start date for district athletics, but that “is not necessarily how it’s going to happen,” she said. “Nobody should just start showing up on July 1.”

The document indicates an “anticipated launch date for sports-related activities: July 6, 2020.”

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