October 31, 2020

Great Valley SB To Vote On Sports Plan Tonight

MALVERN, PA — Great Valley School District will reconsider its present sports shutdown in a meeting at 7:30 p.m. tonight, and vote on the administration’s recommendation to start up sports practices in the district.

“The Board will consider whether or not to officially start fall practices. The (Chester County) Department of Health just last week reversed its recommendation that all sports be suspended until January – so the conversation is related to that,” said Jennifer Blake, Director of Communications and Outreach for GVSD.

The virtual business meeting Monday night will include the board’s vote on the administration-recommended revised GVSD regular season return to participation plan for athletics and activities.

On Sept. 16, the state Senate passed a bill allowing individual schools the power to decide if — and how many — spectators would be allowed at games, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, in a 39-11 senate vote. The bill was also passed 155-47 by the state House of Representatives.

Gov. Tom Wolf said that it is already the case that local districts can decide, and that the legislation is unnecessary. Wolf said today he would veto the legislation to allow decisions about sports reopening to be made district-by-district.

The governor restated that the pandemic is still ongoing and that coronavirus spread is facilitated in large gatherings.

In early August, Wolf announced he was recommending no school sports until 2021. The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Board of Directors has since voted 25-5 in favor of a sports season this fall.

Wolf since August released less stringent guidance that allowed for spectators at sporting events, with attention to health department protocols.

The virtual meeting of the Great Valley School District Board can be viewed here.

The most recent guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health was updated on Sept. 2.

The GVSD board will also approve the hire of 13 full-time professional non-tenured employees, as well as the approval of two part-time professional positions filled by one person. The personnel agenda also includes eight leaves — six professional, two support positions — and includes three resignations — one a professional staff resignation and two support staff resignations.

Personnel changes to be voted on can be found here.

Read a related story on Gov. Tom Wolf’s expected veto, here.

This article originally appeared on the Malvern Patch

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