(7-25-20) While the OHSAA is moving forward with a fall sports agenda, school districts in the Northeast part of the state are making decisions on their programs. To add to the concerns of those wanting fall sports in Ohio, Governor Mike DeWine has not yet given a thumbs up at this time. The Governor may not have to worry about that after yesterday’s announcements.
Yesterday information came out that the Cleveland Metropolitan School District that they would conduct distance learning and and because of that that all fall sports would be shut down until October.
The Summit County Health Department issued this letter to school administrators with recommendations for the start of the 2020-21 school year.
In Ashtabula County from a News-Herald story – An official from one of the county schools, who wished to remain anonymous, confirmed the meetings of those school districts.
“From what I gather, our county superintendents have met twice and the county health department has recommended we do not leave Ashtabula County for athletics. My board of education and superintendent are firm believers in that, so we are moving forward with an independent-only fall schedule that’ll stay within our county.”
Four of the Ashtabula County schools have now decided to remain loyal to their conference, despite the Health Department’s recommendation to remain inside the county.
Just like the virus spreading….Southeast of Columbus in Fairfield County they are also asking schools to not move forward with fall sports.
The OHSAA and the Governor will now have more items to consider before the start of the fall seasons. One thing COVID 19 does to the current situation…is change all aspects of moving forward day-by-day.