The Columbus Education Association and Columbus City Schools reached an agreement on a new contract early in the morning Aug. 25, but City League football teams won’t return to competition until next week at the earliest.
Statement provided by Columbus City Schools communications director Jacqueline Bryant –
“Columbus City Schools will resume all athletic, band and drill team practices on Friday, Aug. 26th. All activities are canceled for this week. School athletic directors will provide updated information on upcoming game schedules in the coming days.”
(8-23-22) Columbus City Schools web site shares details of athletics in the system due to the strike –
What will happen with sports seasons and extra-curricular activities now that CEA has gone on strike?
Unfortunately, these activities will be rescheduled and, in some instances, cancelled. Our teachers make up almost 60% of our coaching staff and extra-curricular advisors, so we will not have the ability to provide appropriate supervision to maintain the safety of our student-athletes and our other extra-curricular participants. Our buildings will be closed to conditioning and other practices. The coaches and advisors that will still be working will provide activities/resources for students to continue their activity while in online learning. This will allow those students to be prepared for the return of their activities once the strike is over.
Bill Hughett, Athletic Director for Whitehall-Yearling High School told WBNS –
“We were supposed to play tennis with Northland on Tuesday. And then volleyball is supposed to happen this week. We were supposed to play a different city team for volleyball girls’ soccer, boys’ soccer and you start adding eight to nine teams to this scheduling issue. It’s just not one Friday night game, it effects your plan all week.”
The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) declined to get involved in the strike issue, but did add some clarification about make-up games for Columbus City Schools.
OHSAA’s Tim Stried
“Schools can make up games later in the season if they want to. They are allowed to play two football games a week.”
Some schedules have already been changed for football games this weekend…first the pandemic and now a teacher’s strike.
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