Question of the Week | KSHSAA COVID policies

Although KSHSAA altered the ban on fans for the beginning of the season, limited spectators will be allowed at winter sports until at least the end of January. We asked students and faculty how they felt about the KSHSAA decision to start the winter sports season on time, but to keep out spectators until at least the end of January because of COVID-19 precautions.

“It was the right decision to start the season on time. Dr. Fauci has repeatedly said how vital it is for students to be in school and doing school activities. No Spectators was a tough decision, but if it’s what we are truly doing this for the athletes and this was the only way for it to happen, then this is the way it’s going to be.” — Special education teacher Christian Ulsaker

“It doesn’t make sense because they are still allowing cheerleaders and pep band. They should allow two spectators per player.” — Senior Peter Stuhlsatz

“I don’t think it’s fair to the people who participate in winter sports and their parents, it is going to be really quiet and awkward in the gym and if something happens to one of the kids their parents can’t do anything about it, but I kind of understand why they are doing it.” — Freshman Hannah Sievers

“I think it is good that they are still starting winter sports because we don’t want to miss out on another sport due to COVID but it does make me sad that the parents and family members aren’t going to get to see their kids play what might end up being their last high school sport in person but at the same time I believe that it is the safest option.” — Senior Jordan Magette

“I’m happy that the kids get to compete. It has to be tough on parents not being able to be at the games watching their kid(s) play, but it’s a whole lot better than the alternative of not having the seasons happen.” — Social studies teacher Jess Rutledge 

“I think it’s a pretty good decision, but at the same time it will be weird because the athletes  won’t have a Crowd cheering them on.” — Freshman Matthew Vanstory

“I cannot fully express my true feelings on this survey. It seems beyond ridiculous to keep restricting us when we all know the risks and are able to deal with them.” — Science Teacher Lisa Hull

“I think it makes sense because a bunch of people got sick at state volleyball and we had to shut the whole school down.”  — Junior Justin Carlson

I feel good about them continuing sports , but I feel as if the only reason KSHSAA won’t allow spectators is because they wouldn’t follow mask protocols and the 6 feet on the bleachers. I still feel as it is a smart idea to not allow people in other than coaches and team members because of the rise of COVID-19 in Wabaunsee. — Freshman Blake Murphy

Answer this week’s Christmas-themed questions to be included in our final issue of the semester. Students, faculty and community members are welcome to participate: https://forms.gle/zGbUw2jbgYwapgan9

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