ELDORADO, Ill. (WSIL) – School leaders are speaking out after the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention suggested canceling school activities to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Earlier this month, the CDC updated its guidelines for schools which suggested that “high-risk sports and activities should be virtual or canceled in areas of high community transmission…Unless all participants not fully vaccinated”.
The CDC has called close-contact sports like soccer and wrestling high-risk sports. Activities such as marching band or choir received the same designation. But school leaders say it is almost impossible to cancel such activities.
Eldorado Community Unit School District 4 Superintendent Ryan Hobbs says these activities are key to shaping student character.
“I understand that academics are prioritized, but I just don’t think that would ever be a situation that we can say would be a positive thing for our student,” Hobbs said.
Eldorado High School football coach Joe Clark doesn’t like the idea either, but hasn’t ruled out the possibility of it happening. Clark says the students have shown resilience throughout the pandemic.
““It obviously seems unrealistic, but you know I never thought that some of the things that have happened over the past two years would happen now, so you never know,” Clark said.
The school district currently has 15 teachers discharged with COVID-19. 20 high school students are also absent due to the virus. The school district has approximately 1,100 students.
Saline County’s transmission rate has slowly declined over the past two weeks according to the COVID Act Now website. About 46% of county residents are fully immunized according to website data.