All public excessive colleges in Hawaii postpone fall sports activities begin to late September
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The state education department announced on Wednesday that it would postpone the start of the fall sports season to the end of September.
The DOE said that all student athletes, athletic staff and volunteers must be fully vaccinated by September 24 to participate.
“We started the new school year with face-to-face learning this week and our top priority is making sure that all students can continue to attend school safely,” said interim superintendent Keith Hayashi in a statement. “This decision was not made lightly because we know the important role athletics plays in a well-rounded education, but we cannot jeopardize the health and safety of our students and communities.”
The announcement comes after a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the state and the cancellation of two Oahu Interscholastic Association non-league soccer games – the 2021 soccer prep season should begin this Friday.
“We saw over the weekend the impact only one potential case can have on sports teams, students and families,” said Hayashi. “The alternative is to end the season completely, which we don’t want to do; Therefore, we are implementing this tiered plan that prioritizes vaccinations as the best way to protect against and reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. “
Another blow to the sports preparation on the islands, as the sports affected by the move have not competed since the 2019 season.
The teams are also not allowed to train until the start of the season.
Schools will send a letter to parents with further details.
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