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COVID-19: CT Moves Forward With Fall Sports, But Other Extracurricular Activities On Hold

CIAC Executive Director Glenn Lungarini provides a brief update on the status of fall sports following the Aug. 12 meeting of the CIAC Board of Control.
CIAC Executive Director Glenn Lungarini provides a brief update on the status of fall sports following the Aug. 12 meeting of the CIAC Board of Control. Video Credit: CAS-CIAC

When Connecticut schools open in the fall, districts will be moving forward with sports, despite COVID-19 concerns, though some other extra-curricular activities will be on hold.

After reviewing recommendations from various committees that oversee high school sports, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) announced this week that it will allow the fall sports season to move forward.

The CIAC is recommending that fans don’t attend sporting events but said that decision will be made by individual schools.

“Our collective work remains centered on providing safe opportunities for Connecticut student-athletes that support their cognitive, physical, social, emotional, and mental health,” the CIAC said. “We remain committed to a constant state of evaluation and review on current CT COVID metrics, advice from medical and public health experts, and collaboration with our professional colleagues.”

“Based on the input from medical advisors and the continued positive COVID numbers in CT while sports are being played, the Board believes it is appropriate to move forward with all fall sports, at this time.”

The plan includes keeping football in the fall and beginning on Monday, Aug. 17, though the football committee had pitched a shortened and delayed season earlier in the week.

Though sports are moving forward, some music, theater, and other extracurricular programs may be restricted at some Connecticut schools. 

According to the CIAC, the plan is fluid, under constant review, and is suspect to change at any point, depending on the situation.

“We’ve elected to continue forward with the plan,” CIAC Executive Director Glenn Lungarini stated. “At this time we feel the health metrics in Connecticut have not changed, and we’re looking at it on a fluid basis. The decision to move forward with fall sports could change if there is new information that comes out.

“We’re going to continue with the plan after hearing from our various stakeholder groups (this week),” Lungarini continued. “We’ve had the chance to collaborate and hear directly from our medical advisory group and they firmly believe the COVID metrics have not changed and it's safe to play all the sports scheduled right now with the mitigating factors we have in place.” 

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