COUDERSPORT — Coudersport winter sports will be played, after a unanimous vote from the Coudersport Area School Board during its meeting on Monday, Nov. 9.
The board voted to allow winter sports — basketball and wrestling — to compete within a “bubble,” similar to fall sports. The winter sports teams will compete against each Potter County school twice and against Elk, Cameron and McKean county schools once, to limit travel outside amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The district will allow spectators up to 20% of the venue’s maximum capacity, including participants. Tickets will be given to players to distribute, the same as the fall sports season, but the tickets will come with an admission charge, as has normally been done in the past.
The board will determine whether or not the teams can travel to playoffs in February 2021, if necessary.
The motion was made by board member Jennifer Chambers and seconded by board member Kevin Gledhill. All voted in favor.
Director of Curriculum Traci Budd said attendance normally is a monster, but trying to track virtual attendance this year and maintain relationships with students who are not in the buildings has been a larger job. Several home visits have been done, which Budd said were successful.
“We have some students who have been struggling, students who, for a lack of a better word, disappeared for a little bit. So, fortunately we’ve been successful in bringing most of them back to the building and hopefully we’re on a pathway to improving the outcomes for them,” Budd said.
A job description for a library/media specialist was approved and will be posted with the intent to hire for the second semester of the 2020-21 school year.
Two COVID-19 cases have been reported within the Coudersport Area School District, Kyle reported, both at the high school. One was announced Oct. 27 and another was announced Nov. 4. A case was also reported at the CTC center on Nov. 10.
The board approved a change to the district’s health and safety plan, requiring students who travel to states that are on the Pennsylvania DOH’s quarantine list to quarantine for 14 non-symptomatic days upon returning to Pennsylvania.
After last month’s board meeting, the Potter Leader-Enterprise reported that none of the board members wore a mask during the meeting. During this month’s meeting, superintendent Kyle said, “According to the Department of Health, to be labeled as a contact for COVID tracing, you must be within six feet of an individual for more than 15 minutes in a 14-hour time period. That’s why our board members are socially distanced, at six plus feet, this evening so that board members can take their masks off if and when necessary.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people wear masks in public settings and anywhere they will be around other people.