Holyoke High cancels fall sports as city stuck in virus red zone

Sports Editor
Published: 10/23/2020 8:05:19 PM
Modified: 10/23/2020 8:05:08 PM

Fall athletics at Holyoke High School have been canceled for the remainder of the season, the school announced Friday.

Sports were canceled because the city has been in the “red” on the state’s COVID-19 risk assessment map for three straight weeks.

The school consulted with the Holyoke Board of Health, city, state and Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association guidelines.

Boys and girls soccer, field hockey, boys and girls cross country, girls volleyball and golf were canceled.

Holyoke Superintendent/ Receiver Alberto Vázquez Matos, Holyoke High Principal Stephen Mahoney, and Director of Athletics Melanie Martin released a joint statement to the school community.

“This is unfortunate and extremely disappointing, especially for our student-athletes, coaches, and fans who were looking forward to a complete fall season,” the statement said. “This move is necessary out of an abundance of caution. While difficult for all involved, our responsibility is to keep our students and staff safe.”

According to Department of Elementary and Secondary Education guidelines, districts and schools open for in-person instruction can remain open, despite being in the red, as long as there is no evidence of COVID-19 transmission in the schools.

Holyoke Public Schools will remain open to staff and students in Cohort C and learning pods will continue, the statement said.

The Holyoke Board of Health will release a statement next week with information about additional safety precautions being taken in Holyoke to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Mike Moran can be reached at mmoran@gazettenet.com. Follow on Twitter @mikemoranDHG.

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