KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As fall approaches, bringing cooler weather, and some schools return to in-person learning, leaders at the Jackson County Health Department are advising area districts not to allow winter sports and activities.
With cooler temperatures and schools returning to in-person learning, we’ve updated our school guidance to address the additional risks that indoor extracurricular activities pose. View this chart to learn about risk factors and mitigation strategies. ⬇️ https://t.co/dC3wV78j9t pic.twitter.com/YTqJq3C67p— Jackson County Health Department (@JacksonCountyHD) November 3, 2020
In an updated school reopening plan, the health department said it "may be significantly more difficult to implement risk mitigation measures, such as masking and distancing, in sports such as basketball and wrestling and activities like choir, band and theater performances. The chance of widespread transmission and/or exposure in schools is higher if these activities are performed, especially when spectators are allowed."
If schools decide to move forward with winter sports and activities despite the guidance, the department also recommends that they not allow spectators for those activities.
The Johnson County, Kansas, Department of Health and Environment made similar recommendations to schools last week. Some school districts decided to go against the recommendations and proceed with winter sports and activities.