School sports put on pause in Waterloo Region due to COVID-19 Omicron variant
The Waterloo Borough School Board has announced that all school games and practices in the area have been suspended until next year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Effective immediately, based on the direction of Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, Waterloo Area Medical Health Officer, instructed all sports of the Waterloo County Secondary School Athletic Association (WCSSAA) to pause all games and practices until January 3, 2022,” the WRDSB said in a statement.
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The board went on to say that no decision has yet been made on whether or not missed games will be made up.
The move was taken to keep in-person learning in schools and avoid class dismissals.
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A spokesman for the Waterloo Catholic District Schools Board said the move would also eliminate all intramural sports.
On Monday, Wang said there were a total of 14 suspected cases across nine area hockey and baseball teams.
Wang said most of the nine teams included children between the ages of five and eleven, although at least one was over that age range.
She also said that since a large proportion of the cases are linked to children in the area, schools have also been affected.
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“I will also ask our schools and school boards to halt all athletic and extracurricular activities for the remainder of the year to reduce the risk of class layoffs and school closures,” she said.
“Because of this rapidly evolving situation, in addition to ramping up case and outreach resources, public health will focus our outreach efforts on higher-risk situations and settings, such as: B. Outbreaks in nursing homes and schools.”
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