Let ALL Virginia Beach athletes play! Equity Now!

Let ALL Virginia Beach athletes play! Equity Now!

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Beth Royle started this petition to Virginia Beach School Board

On Monday, January 4, 2021 the office of VBCPS sent out a message stating Winter Sports would be played. There was a collective cheer...UNTIL you read the fine print from the Office of Student Leadership (OSL).

Only the OSL in Virginia Beach implemented additional guidelines that differed from those for the Virginia High School League saying, "Beach District athletes MAY NOT participate on non-school teams during their season. Doing so places their teammates, coaches and other Beach teams in greater jeopardy of exposure. This policy is in place until further notice."

So, only Virginia Beach is under this prohibition. Where is the science behind this??

This policy needs to be changed immediately because:

- Our Virginia Beach athletes are no different from those in neighboring communities and are not putting anyone at more risk than our neighbor athletes.

- Virginia Beach is the ONLY city with this rule. Other athletes in other cities in the area do not have to choose between playing for their high school and playing for their club.

- Many students work outside of the home, eat at restaurants, volunteer, and visit with friends and family, yet they are not under these same restrictions. Are those activities more safe than playing a club sport outside of high school?

- A study from the University of Wisconsin of Medicine and Public Health reported that its state's high school sports have not caused an increase in COVID-19 infections among athletes.

It is time to stop making arbitrary rules not based on science that punish students only in Virginia Beach. Allow our Virginia Beach children to play for their high school AND still pursue their passions on their club teams because other districts have found it safe. It is safe for us, too.

To all VB parents and others who agree, sign this petition and let our school board know that this kind of discrimination with no scientific basis is not acceptable.

 

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