SAVE IOWA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

SAVE IOWA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

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Save Iowa High School Football started this petition to Governor Kim Reynolds and

CALLING ALL LIONS AND TIGERS, BULLDOGS AND BEARS, TROJANS AND LITTLE HAWKS, SPARTANS AND MAROONS...

Iowa high school football is in jeopardy! Due to an order by Governor Reynolds, any school district that moves to online education is barred from athletic competition. This isn’t a safety measure- in fact, it’s a strong arm tactic by the governor to scare districts into staying open.

The measure is ridiculous for a number of reasons. Iowa high schools successfully completed baseball and softball seasons this summer. Using the standard that any team with a positive test must sit out until going two weeks without another positive test, the vast majority of schools were able to finish their seasons without contributing to the spread of coronavirus. 

School districts that move online simulate that summer setting well, as they isolate teams from the rest of the school. In fact, it would seem districts that move online actually put their student athletes in a safer position to compete! 

As cases continue to skyrocket across the state, many districts will move to an online model. Districts all across the Des Moines area, Iowa City, Ames, Cedar Rapids, and elsewhere have either committed to or openly considered an online option.

Classes may move online in the interest of slowing the spread, but that doesn’t change the fact that football is safe when played with masks, limited crowds, and rigid rules regarding positive tests.

Make no mistake. Iowa high school football is on the brink of doom across much of the state. Many schools whose seasons will be cut short have already safely played games!

Students sometimes only get one chance to experience the thrill of Friday night football. In a year where so much of the high school experience will be turned upside down or lost entirely- prom, concerts, even graduation- we owe it to our kids to provide them with every experience we still can give them.

Don’t let Governor Reynolds’ petty politics get in the way of that. 

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