“That wasn’t the way we want to end the season and we always wanted to bounce back,” said Jarretts. When COVID-19 canceled their junior season, the two say they understood the situation.
Martinsville City Schools opts not to participate in spring sports However, as their senior season has been put on hold and neighboring districts are playing, the frustration of being sidelined is weighing on them.
According to VHSL, 95% of schools in the state are participating in spring sports, that consist of soccer, baseball, softball, lacrosse, tennis and track and field.. “We saw that around 48% of the COVID spread is now through recreation and scholastic athletics,” said Dr. Talley.
School board superintendent Dr. Zeb Talley says they’ve been following local and national data. “I honestly don’t understand, and it makes me mad honestly because all of these schools that are minutes away get to play but we don’t,” said Dalton.
As high schoolers have yet to return to in-person learning, with nearly a month left in the year, Dr. Talley says time is not on their side. Even though a season doesn’t seem likely, the two captains still have hope.
Dr. Talley says he empathizes with the students’ frustration, however safety and academics are their priority. “Testing is coming, we don’t want some type of outbreak before the test because testing is required for us as a school division,” said Dr. Talley.
Copyright 2021 WDBJ. All rights reserved. “Testing is coming, we don’t want some type of outbreak before the test because testing is required for us as a school division,” said Dr. Talley.
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