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School Board Discusses Sports, Spring Activities

Much of the discussion of the meeting was centered on plans to resume athletics and other activities in the coming months.

Though much of the state has been released to play games, schools in Region 4, which includes Washington County and the Metro East, are still in Tier 2 mitigations, limiting what sports can be played.

Boys’ and girls’ basketball teams may practice without contact, but no games will be held until Region 4 moves into Phase 4 of Governor J.B. Pritzker’s Restore Illinois Plan, which includes test positivity rates of 6.5 percent or lower and an ICU bed availability of 20 percent or better.

Basketball is categorized as a higher risk activity, but volleyball is moving forward with scrimmaging and games in the next week. Junior high games are starting this week, and high  the high school season is set to begin March 8.

If and when basketball gets underway, restrictions will still be in place. Fans will not be allowed, and social distancing and mask wearing will be required.

Principal Keith Senior said that games will be live-streamed, and that Okawville sports will have a YouTube channel for fans and parents to watch games.

“It isn’t ideal, but kids are getting to play and that’s what it’s all about,” Fuhrhop said.

Read full board meeting details in this week’s issue. 

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