On Tuesday night the KCK Public Schools board, USD 500, voted 5-2 to suspend all involvement in Kansas High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) fall sports.
KC-FL Schlagle, KC-JC Harmon, KC-Sumner Academy, KC-Washington and KC-Wyandotte are a part of USD 500.
The vote effects the sports of football, volleyball, cross country, girls tennis, and boys soccer.
Other activities effected include band and spirit squad.
Via Twitter, the KCK Public Schools clarified the 5-2 vote does not eliminate band as a class elective.
Moments after the decision was made, users of social media voiced their displeasure.
Those poor kids. They have been without for 5 months now already. I am extremely concerned with their mental health.— Trenton Prieb (@trentonprieb) August 11, 2020
Wait till that first incoming senior gets screwed on a scholarship he/she could have had.Schools decide not to offer cuz they can see the athlete on their radar play for their entire last year of high school. Lawsuit waiting to happen.— Rbbii (@rbdublei) August 12, 2020
This is a terrible decision by your school board. Totally selfish 5 boards members made a decision on behalf an entire community. I’m so thankful my kids don’t go to that school district.— Michael Foster (@Michael32524324) August 12, 2020
Some applauded the board’s decision.
Amazing decision by the KC public schools! Unprecedented times lead to unprecedented decisions that must be made. The health of students should come first and until the data is able to show that it is safe we should do all we can to keep everyone safe. And gatherings are not rn👍— 🌹Pete Donaldson🌹 (@peteydonaldson) August 11, 2020
While my heart goes out to the children of the district that look forward to their fall sports, I think this is the right decision during this time.— Dee (@polynesianpoly) August 12, 2020
KC-Washington High School senior Cory Macon used the social media platform to share his perspective as a student-athlete effected by the boards decision.
To Whom It May Concern : pic.twitter.com/NDHvipMEAU— Cory Macon (2021 QB) (@Prodigy913) August 12, 2020
Kansas high schools now scrambling to fill the void left in their football schedules include Atchison, Basehor-Linwood, KC-Turner, Lansing, Leavenworth, Pittsburg, Shawnee Heights, and Wamego.
Fall sports practices across the state of Kansas, under KSHSAA, is scheduled to begin on Monday, August 17th 2020.