City Schools Suspends Middle School Fall Sports
(Selma, AL, 07/29/20) Selma City Schools has decided to suspend all middle school sports during the fall of 2020. On July 28th, the district hosted "A Virtual Chat & Chew" to provide parents and community members an opportunity to discuss the district's response to the issue of whether or not fall sports and extracurricular activities should continue during the fall. The decision to cancel middle school fall sports results from Tuesday’s Chat and Chew with many of the middle school coaches agreeing with the decision.
“This has been an extremely difficult decision to make but after weighing several options this was the best decision,” said Athletic Director
Katasha Turner. “Our middle school scholar- athletes will have an opportunity and option to "play-up" granted all required forms are completed, returned and academically in good standing. We want to continue to let our scholar athletes know whether you participate in athletes this year or now, we want you to continue to focus and continue to become Selma Strong and excellent academically as they prepare or the next season, to be strong on the field and in the classroom. Continue to trust the process and be excellent.”
As of now, high school
sports and extracurricular activities are still being offered for the
fall. The district introduced a student waiver during the virtual
chat that every scholar will be required to complete before participating in
sports and extracurricular activities. A copy of the student waiver is
available on the district website.
“We know that this action will incredibly disappoint our middle school scholar athletes and families,” said
Superintendent Dr. Avis Williams. “Please understand that we have carefully considered all options. Again, our top priority is the health and safety of our students, staff, and families.”
The district will continue to
monitor confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the area for guidance on decisions
about future sports activities during the upcoming academic year.