By Rich Palzewic
GREEN BAY – On Aug. 14, The Green Bay Area Public School District decided to move all middle and high school fall sports to the spring.
Then on Aug. 18, the Fox River Classic Conference (FRCC) voted to do the same.
Fall sports include football, boys’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ cross country, girls’ golf, girls’ tennis, girls’ swimming and diving and boys’ and girls’ volleyball.
The Green Bay public high schools include East, Preble, Southwest and West.
Other local members of the FRCC include Ashwaubenon, Bay Port, De Pere, Notre Dame Academy and Pulaski.
Earlier on Aug. 14, the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association provided schools an opportunity to conduct their fall sports seasons in the spring.
“This decision was not easy, but it was necessary for the safety and well-being of our student-athletes,” said Green Bay superintendent Stephen Murley in a released statement. “Across the state, in both high school and college athletics, there is an acknowledgment that mitigation efforts alone are not enough to stop the spread of COVID-19. Athletics are important to our students, their families, coaches and school communities. By moving fall athletics to the spring, when we hope the activity level of COVID-19 will be greatly reduced, athletes will then be able to participate in the sports they love.”
As of press time, West De Pere, members of the Bay Conference, hasn’t made its intentions known – they have until Sept. 1 to do so.
In an email sent to parents of Notre Dame students, leaders from the school voted to keep the current fall sports schedule.