County provides updated options for winter sports

Director of Clay County Public Health Center Gary Zaborac offered updated options for conducting a winter sports season in a letter to county school districts as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

In a letter to Clay County school districts, Director of Clay County Public Health Center Gary Zaborac offered updated options for conducting a winter sports season as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Zaborac states in the letter that the CCPHC will once again offer districts the chance to choose between three options on how to conduct winter sports, with the ultimate decision falling on the leadership in each district.

The first option suggests the spring season option that the Missouri State High School Activities Association has provided, which would shift winter sports to the spring and spring sports to the summer months ending July 10.

The second option would require all student-athletes participating in sports to opt into their districts' virtual-only option for the duration of their team’s season. Students could practice and play games following school district safety protocols, allowing for winter 2020 sports seasons to continue as scheduled.

Zaborac's final option is to proceed with winter sports as scheduled with COVID-19 precautions in place as determined by the district. Liberty, Kearney and Smithville school districts are currently assessing their options on returning to classes following the upcoming holiday break in late November.

CCPHC sent a similar letter in August as area schools looked to return with fall sports, with each of the local districts choosing the third option.

That letter was released shortly after local parents, students and coaches participated in protests and rallies as part of the #LetThemPlay and #LetUsPlay movements. The groups supported a return for high school sports with the traditional schedule, largely opposing the alternative season offered by MSHSAA.

This is a developing story. More details will be published at mycouriertribune.com as they become available.