We may know in the next few days if there will be a fall high school sports season in the state of Wisconsin. Beaver Dam Unified School District Superintendent Mark DiStefano told the school board last night that indicators suggest that some updated guidance relative to fall activities and athletics may be coming by the end of the week. He said that the Wisconsin Department of Health Services is expected to reference fall sports in a report this week and the WIAA Board of Control also has another meeting scheduled for Friday. He said with surrounding states such as Illinois and Minnesota already cancelling their fall seasons, the tea leaves would suggest the same may happen in Wisconsin.
DiStefano told the board that he can’t say for sure if there is or isn’t going to be a fall season at this point, but they are monitoring the WIAA piece. He added that if the WIAA would make a decision on fall sports as a whole, it would make it easier on districts with their local decisions. DiStefano said that if the WIAA decides to move forward with recommendations to play fall sports, the district will as well in the safest practice possible, but if they are cancelled, they will just have to move forward.
Last month the WIAA Board of Control voted to push back the start of the 2020 fall season to August 17th for what are considered low risk sports (girls tennis girls golf, girls swimming, cross country) and September 7th for high risk sports (football, boys and girls volleyball, and boys soccer).
Click the link below to hear Beaver Dam Unified School District Superintendent Mark DiStefano update the school board on the fall high school sports season.
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