At a meeting Tuesday night, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Association of High School Activities, spoke of a potential change in the sports calendar and activities for 2020-21.
The COVID-19 supplement presented many challenges. Specific to CHSAA activities, this includes trying to continue a traditional fall for sports up to high-risk contact sports. It reinforces inequalities when deciding statewide for 180,000 student participants, 363 member voluntary school members, and 178 school districts statewide.
In a resolution on Tuesday, the Board of Directors unanimously voted not to reconsider any adjustments to the 2020-21 sports calendar, which was approved on August 4.
“We understand that our school communities want to return to all levels of normalcy,” said Troy Baker, CHSAA Board of Directors President, and who is the athletic director at Buena Vista High School. “We listened to all the parties and the voices of our membership shouted loudly to support the plan as approved in August. The plan is in line with the CHSAA mission. All students have the opportunity to play a study period in 2020-21. “
Richard Hargrove, Springfield Schools supervisor, and a member of the Board of Directors, said: “We are committed to starting and running the school properly, as well as handling all issues of running a school district. and trying to be as normal as possible.I don’t want to travel.The biggest thing for me in the end is to keep moving goalposts, and every time we turn around, we have something else to fix.
“Last night’s discussion was bolstered by another potential goalpost movement,” Hargrove continued. “We have developed a calendar that addresses the concerns of health officials, and gives all students a time and a chance to participate. We need to continue with that plan.”
During the discussion, the Board stated in its entirety that:
- The safety, physical and emotional well-being of Colorado student participants should take the lead in every decision.
- Diverse educational re-learning models exist throughout the state, and they should not be broken.
- Students are already included in non-traditional participation opportunities in rural and metro areas.
- There are issues with Delivery IX and gender around any reconsideration in the approved calendar.
“Our state has seen new golf, tennis, softball, and cross country teams formed throughout the state,” said Terita Walker, an assistant principal at Denver East High School, and a member of the Board of Trustees. Director. “Once this plan was launched, school and family administrators began to change their lives around the calendar. We are moving forward knowing all of our students will have the opportunity to participate in 2021. “
The Board remains committed to being responsive to members of our community and to appreciate their feedback, reach, and input throughout this process. CHSAA will continue to meet regularly with Governor, COVID-19 Response Team, and education and health officials to implement the 2020-21 Calendar of Activities.