|9/1/2020 12:56:00 PM|
Fall athletes to proceed at Dodgeville....
at least for now
When it comes to fall athletics the Dodgeville School Board hopes the numbers don't lie.
That is because they will be using the numbers to determine if fall sports get the complete green light or if there has to be changes in seasons and opportunities for kids.
Right now it is a go for the Dodgers to compete in football, boys soccer, volleyball and boys and girls cross country this fall. How those activities will be carried out is still up in the air.
Dodgeville senior athlete Olivia Argall, who is a standout in volleyball, basketball and softball spent a good share of her summer traveling with a girls basketball team, not only in Wisconsin but throughout the US with Hoopsters Basketball. She feels what she learned along the way is a good case for having the fall season at Dodgeville.
"It can be done," she told the board by video adding that it is sports that keeps her driven and involved.
"Wearing masks, social distancing, sanitizing...it is all worth it," she said.
When arriving at tournament sites her team was kept together and told to report to a specific entry point. As for spectators, each player was allowed two from their immediate family. For those unable to attend, the games were live streamed.
"We were able to do it with no incidents," she added. "It was uncomfortable at times, but it was well worth it to be able to play a game we love. We need sports to take place at Dodgeville."
Athletic Director Joey Martin told the board there are no real conferences at the moment as some schools are playing in the fall and some are opting for spring.
"It changes every day," Martin said.
Martin urged the board not to make a decision and allow the programs to push forward.
"We have time yet to see what the virus is going to do and how it will affect us," he said. "I feel we should wait until the last second which is somewhere around September 3 to make the final decision."
Martin said there are different scenarios out there and he and other athletic directors are doing everything to have a season.
"We want to make it work," he said.
Paul Weber then presented two plans named 1.0 and 2.0.
Both plans provide numbers that will be used to determine if school will be held face to face, blended or virtual.
Under 1.0 there are four steps with the fourth step the move to virtual, again depending on the number of cases in the district, the building, or the grade.
Under 2.0 there are five steps with five being the move to virtual.
Level 1 in both plans is completely in person for all grades ELP to 12.
Step 2 at Level 1 calls for blended for grades 7-12 and in person for 4-6 and ELP to 3. At Level 2 the second step will be 50% blended at 7-12 with in-person for 7-9, 4-6 and ELP to 5.
Step 3 at Level 1 calls for 7-12 virtual with 4-6 and ELP-3 blended. Level 2 has 50% blended for the first two grade categories and in-person for the other two categories.
Step 4 under Level 1 is the final step and calls for all virtual. Under Level 2 it is virtual for 10-12 and 7-9 with 50% blended at 4-6 and ELP-3.
Step 5, the final one in 2.0, calls for completely virtual.
Weber said if the final step is reached it could remain in effect anywhere from two weeks to a month.
"We will have to look at everything," he said. "We will be looking very closely at the numbers," Weber added. "We will see how Labor Day affects this."
It was noted that if an all virtual situation is reached, athletics will be shut down also.
The board approved the hire of six long term subs and will offer contracts to Joe Hanson, Megan O'Leary, Carol Bell, Kaitlyn Mumm, Jeffrey Krentz and Brook Maas.
The board also filled a third grade position by offering a contract to Katie Dochnahl who has a 1-8 certification.
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