With exception of swimming, district shuts down sports until further notice

ASAA releases new activities calendar

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The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District announced Monday that all skill building practices and kindergarten through 12th grade intramurals and sports activities are canceled until further notice, with the exception of swimming.

The district said it made the decision due to the continued rise of COVID-19 community transmission numbers. The southern, central and eastern peninsula are all at high-risk levels.

The exception to the cancellations is the Kenai Peninsula Swimming Championships, which will feature Homer, Kenai, Soldotna and Seward. These championships will take place at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center in Homer, starting at 12:15 p.m. Saturday.

The district is allowing the competition to take place under strict mitigation procedures to allow the athletes to have closure on their seasons. There will be no spectators allowed at the meet. The meet will be streamed on the Homer Mariners YouTube channel.

Also Monday, the Alaska School Activities Association Board of Directors met and approved a new calendar for winter and spring activities.

Only one sports season is being allowed for the rest of 2020. Nordic skiing runs from Monday to Feb. 27. However, as noted above, all sports in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District are canceled until further notice.

Solo and ensemble will be May 7 and 8, student government will be April 30 and May 1, Division II hockey will be Jan. 4 to Feb. 20, Class 3A and 4A basketball will be Jan. 11 to March 27, Class 1A basketball will be Jan. 11 to April 3, basketball sideline cheerleading will be Jan. 11 to March 27, track and soccer will be March 22 to May 29, baseball and softball will be March 22 to June 5, and coed soccer will be March 22 to May 29.

A decision on scheduling the wrestling season was postponed until the December ASAA meeting.

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