Youth Sports and COVID-19

Youth Sports and COVID-19

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Katarzyna Gaspar started this petition to Dr. Bonnie Henry and

August 25, 2021

To whom it may concern,

As the parents of multiple children throughout the school district of SD23 & organized youth sport in the Interior, we have come together to ask that you would kindly review the additional restrictions added specifically regarding ‘community sports’ and the topic also including, ‘ inter school competitions’.

Our children & teens have had a great deal of disarray over the last 18 months, a time in particular, when growth and development should take place within their social circles. A natural progression of character building that SPORT & the ARTS contribute to greatly. This has been lost. Not something they can get back. And we have seen them suffer in a multitude of ways. Mentally even to the point of over doses & attempted suicide. Multiple. Please review your numbers - they are catastrophic within the Interior alone. Tragic does not even begin to describe the loss they have suffered emotionally, socially & mentally.

We are not here to discredit the ‘pandemic’ and that there is some risk involved. However the transmission rate in children, especially asymptomatic, is almost nil. We also now have over 70% of children over the age of 12 protected by vaccine, for the ones concerned. And so taking ‘sport’ and the game away from them again will be more harmful than the risk Covid poses. For some of these children – sport is where they find their identity. It’s an outlet they can use to figure out and develop leadership & communication skills. Believe it or not staying active can actually strengthen the immune system naturally. It would be so encouraging if there had been any emphasis on this alone over the last 15 months – and there has been none.

Our kids need this. They need outlets. They need each other. And if this is about protecting the children, let’s actually make it about protecting the children, and protecting their health & wellbeing.

Sincerely, Concerned Parents

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