Game on: Sports to return at Windsor-Essex public schools

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The Greater Essex County District School Board says sport games will resume next month. (Stacey Janzer/CBC - image credit)
The Greater Essex County District School Board says sport games will resume next month. (Stacey Janzer/CBC - image credit)

Sports activities will be starting up at public schools in Windsor-Essex.

A spokesperson for the Greater Essex County District School Board said practice will begin as soon as participants have verified they are fully vaccinated, and games will begin the week of Nov. 22.

The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board has not yet announced its plan, but CBC News has contacted the board for comment.

Sports and other extracurricular activities have been on pause, based on guidance from the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

Earlier this month, however, WECHU recommended that school boards set a policy, allowing fully vaccinated students to participate in activities.

The move to delay school sports has been controversial, prompting protests from students, despite many schools experiencing COVID-19 cases and outbreaks this year. The acting medical officer of health has said that more than 300 school cohorts have been dismissed because of exposures.

Riley Hulse-Smith, a Grade 12 student at Honourable W.C. Kennedy Collegiate, said many of her peers really want to get back into sports, but she has reservations, saying that she doesn't want to see school get shut down.

Darrin Di Carlo/CBC
Darrin Di Carlo/CBC

"I feel like we need to be very, very careful when we do open things up, and if they do, because again, we do not want COVID cases to rise," she said.

Jayden Capton also said a lot of people are excited and happy about the return to sports.

"It's really good for kids to be able to play sports and practice with the sports they love, and I know a lot of people use sports as a way to get away from at-home activities and stuff like that," he said.

Darrin Di Carlo/CBC
Darrin Di Carlo/CBC
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