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SD73 changes policy on volleyball play to allow for inter-school competition

The change in policy comes after some parents expressed concern with the sports council decision made earlier this fall to maintain the implementation of intra-school-only play.
SD73 board office

Inter-school volleyball play is once again an option for School District 73 elementary schools, according to an SD73 press release that was sent to media on Friday.

“Due to increased interest from schools and recent lessening in COVID-19 cases in elementary schools, the sports council executive has decided to provide the option of inter-school volleyball games for those schools that are interested,” Grant Reilly, assistant superintendent for early learning and elementary education, said in the press release.

The change in policy comes after some parents expressed concern with the sports council decision made earlier this fall to maintain the implementation of intra-school-only play.

One of those parents is Caitlin Sharp, who spoke to Kamloops Last Week on Thursday, along with SD73 superintendent Rhonda Nixon. The segment begins about 10 minutes into the show.

Below are notes from the press release.

Any decisions to play inter-school games are school decisions only and will be made in consultation with staff and each school’s community.

Elementary athletics programs are run through volunteer staff, principals, parents and community coaches/officials.

Stringent safe play COVID-19 protocols and registration guidelines have been created from Interior Health and Kindergarted to Grade 12 education sector guidelines to keep all parties safe and ensure transmission rates remain low.

Spectators must sanitize upon entry into the host school and will be required to sign in.

Masks will be mandatory for all spectators, coaches and officials. Athletes may remove masks during game play, but they must be worn upon entry, during warm-up and on the bench.

During game play, teams will not switch sides and will stay on the same bench for the entire match. Teams will not shake hands at the conclusion of the match.

“I am grateful for the flexibility that school principals and teacher sports representatives have already shown in providing a choice for students,” Reilly said.