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Interschool volleyball gets lifeline, with SD73 Elementary Sports Council to revisit decision

After hearing feedback from concerned parents, the School District 73 Elementary Sports Council will meet on Tuesday to revisit a decision to nix interschool volleyball play.
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After hearing feedback from concerned parents, the School District 73 Elementary Sports Council will meet on Tuesday to revisit a decision to nix interschool volleyball play.

SD73 superintendent Rhonda Nixon said a survey was sent to principals and athletics directors and results indicated interest in the meeting to reconsider the plan for intra-school play only.

“I do believe it will be a result that meets kids’ needs regardless,” Nixon said. “I’m not sure how it will go, but I do believe the council will come back with, perhaps, if not a change, some kind of alteration to their original decision if it’s needed.”

Nixon was also asked about cross-country running season.

“We did not start with cross-country because it would have been challenging when the rules for Interior Health were increasing for our region, in particular because of increasing case numbers,” Nixon said.

“At that time, when we were just settling back into a school routine, we did not start with cross-country athletics.”

When the Elementary Sports Council originally met, directors and principals felt that students who were playing, scrimmaging and developing skills in the intramural environment were happy with the programming, Nixon said, so the council did not see the need to have interschool play to meet extracurricular needs.

“In addition, there were increases in cases within the last month in the Kamloops-Thompson region, so it might be wise to see whether case numbers start to go down,” Nixon said.