- Oct 25, 2017
So the question begs to be asked, given the current public sentiment for complying with all things COVID and the dire predictions for a fall resurgence, what are the odds?
Comparing a personal decision to smoke to catching a novel virus isn't applicable or helpful.Okay, not to play back and forth with the political games going on concerning this issue but in the interest of facts and in an attempt to “turn down the paranoia”, the CDC attributes 480,000 deaths each year in the US to tobacco use (almost 10x what we’ll lose to COVID). If we are really interested in saving lives there’s a rather simple way to do just that without shutting down an entire economy, destroy business owners dreams and way of life...think it would happen?
Me neither, so back to HS football.
Comparing a personal decision to smoke to catching a novel virus isn't applicable or helpful.
But, we have made numerous legislative decisions to reduce smoking (taxes, prohibiting in restaurants, etc.).
And, now we're making behavioral efforts to reduce infections.
Hopefully we've done enough through social distancing efforts and building herd immunity through limited exposure, that the severity of the virus will be manageable this summer and fall.
People get sick. We just want to prevent what we can and limit death associated with this outbreak.
I totally agree with you. I will say our principal has passed on that IF we have to continue this into the fall, the online learning will not be voluntary, which is the model most schools chose to finish out this year. So, I think at least the higher ups are preparing for the possibility this could continue into the fall.On line education in cities like Chicago and, I suspect, Des Moines is a joke. There are reports that in some schools 60% of the kids have simply never checked in. Not that they're not doing the work, they've simply not entering the system. My point is that failure to get schools open in the fall will remove any education for entire segments of the population. That is not sustainable! Given the schools will have to be open, I believe extra curricular activities will take place as well.
She has put it into place that schools can start up to 3 weeks earlier or August 3. This is to figure out if they need to catch some kids up before starting into new year.Not sure if it is true...but I read somewhere else that the Governor has suggested to school administrators that they look to begin the fall school year a bit earlier, on August 10th.
Technically, there had been a rule for a long time that said schools couldn't start until some arbitrary late August date (heck, it might have even been first week of September). Pretty much every school in the state got a waiver, though, so the general school-opening date creeped back into mid-August. Then the State Fair and the Okoboji tourism lobby leaned hard on the state government to do something to get those pesky schools out of the way of their vacation/tourism activities - and that's when the hard date of the the Monday after the State Fair came about (with no waivers allowed).It used to be until the State Fair rule was introduced
Good luck making the State Fair work.........Technically, there had been a rule for a long time that said schools couldn't start until some arbitrary late August date (heck, it might have even been first week of September). Pretty much every school in the state got a waiver, though, so the general school-opening date creeped back into mid-August. Then the State Fair and the Okoboji tourism lobby leaned hard on the state government to do something to get those pesky schools out of the way of their vacation/tourism activities - and that's when the hard date of the the Monday after the State Fair came about (with no waivers allowed).
Obviously my background story on school start dates & the State Fair wasn’t specific to this year, lol. I can’t see a socially distanced State Fair working, either. A lot of county fairs have already canceled.Good luck making the State Fair work.........
Yep, this. When she said schools can start early (to make up for the end of the 2019-20 school year), but they’d still need their 180 days starting August 23 ... what school is going to do that? First of all, how do you pay for it? Teacher contracts are all for 180 days of instruction - teachers aren’t going to start early and do extra days for free.The Governor also came out and said the school days before the normal starting date will not count towards next year, so I don't see too many district doing it.
That’s exactly right. This is great to help AD’s, coaches, players and fans, get a ‘practice run’ in for post-Covid sports this fall.The resumption of BB & SB is a GOOD sign for the resumption of FB this Fall.
They're still just trying to figure things out, but the MVC is talking about just doing a 14-game round robin in each division for baseball/softball, so they are at least considering revamping their schedule.Glad it's happening - sounds like the schedules just pick up where they would be on the 15th vs trying to create new ones. Albeit some shuffling may be necessary if teams choose to not participate.