GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- When the WIAA canceled spring sports due to COVID-19 it left open a possibility for teams and athletes to compete in a proposed 30-day summer contact period to give seniors one last chance to compete in some fashion, if possible.
However, the Green Bay School District will not participate if this contact period, which can't start sooner than July 1, does happen.
The school district sent out this note to the Green Bay schools Preble, Southwest, East and West: "Due to the continued increase in COVID - 19 cases in Brown County and the concern of the safety of our students, the Green Bay Area Public School District will not be participating in the WIAA proposed 30 day summer contact days for Spring Sports. This was a difficult decision to make and feel terrible for our Spring Athletes, but the safety of our students is our number one priority.
"There are also too many other unknown variables to participate including logistics of transportation, facility use/prep, officials and event workers pay/assigning/willingness to work, clearing student-athletes to participate, physicals for those who were not cleared for spring initially, stress on trainers to assist with injuries in case player(s) get hurt while playing, adding to strain on an already overburdened healthcare system if a catastrophic injury occurs, inability to properly sanitize equipment, insurance questions/concerns, academic eligibility before school closure, and others."
Preble and Southwest compete in the Fox River Classic Conference, while East and West compete in the Bay Conference. Furthermore, it's unknown at this time whether other schools in the FRCC, Bay and other districts will do the same.