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ConVal pauses winter athletics through at least Jan. 5

  • ConVal boys' basketball coach Leo Gershgorin and then-junior Isaiah Michaels during a game against Souhegan last year. ConVal's winter sports teams began practice Monday before being paused by the district on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 12/11/2020 4:05:45 PM

“In accordance with the district’s reopening plan, all district athletic programs will be suspended indefinitely as the district’s COVID-19 risk level has risen to orange, which represents substantial transmission of the novel coronavirus,” Superintendent Kimberly Rizzo Saunders wrote in an email to the ConVal community following Thursday night’s emergency school board meeting. “There will be no changes to academic programming, as the district had already moved to remote learning under the segmented calendar it developed as part of its reopening plan.”

The School Board adopted the district’s COVID-19 monitoring team recommendation to move to the Orange Phase, triggered by the local community transmission rate rising to above 8 percent.

“I understand the disappointment our student athletes, coaches, and school communities will feel as a result of this change, but it is a step we must take given the increased risk of community transmission of COVID-19 in our area,” Superintendent Rizzo Saunders said. “Our reopening plan was designed with the likelihood of a surge in cases in the late fall and early winter in mind, so while sports programs will be temporarily interrupted, I’m grateful that we planned for a remote segment so there will not be an additional disruption to our students’ learning.”

The board is expected to reassess athletics on Jan. 5, two weeks before ConVal students are expected to return to in-person learning on Jan. 19. 


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