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Wichita Public Schools reopening plan includes no fall sports seasons

 Sep 21, 2017; Wichita, Kansas, USA; during a City League matchup between the Heights Falcons and Southeast Buffaloes ©Kelly Ross CIK
Sep 21, 2017; Wichita, Kansas, USA; during a City League matchup between the Heights Falcons and Southeast Buffaloes ©Kelly Ross CIK (KWCH)
Published: Aug. 20, 2020 at 10:16 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - The reopening plan approved Thursday night by the Wichita Public Schools Board of Education includes a remote start for middle-and-high-school students for the first nine weeks. During this time, the plan includes no school activities. This means fall sports seasons are canceled.

Based on current data, a doctor at Thursday night’s Wichita school board meeting told board members the district would currently fall in the orange category of a gating model the board approved. The orange category on the chart calls for several restrictions.

The green category of the model clears all activities while the red model on the other end of the spectrum would entail no activities in addition to full remote learning for every student in the district.

A step improved in the yellow category fo the gating model would allow for some activities, but potentially would still not include football, considered a high-risk activity. Wichita Public Schools BOE member Mike Rodee was emotional in addressing the difficult decision that cancels fall sports seasons for most of the City League schools.

“I think we need to stay orange (with the gating model). I believe that whole-heartedly. That thing that breaks my heart is the athletics, we won’t get to have em, but we can’t have everything,” Rodee said.

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