Severe wildfires in North Bay have forced CVHS to shut down athletic and homecoming events due to poor air quality. School administrators canceled Friday’s homecoming parade and varsity football game. The assembly moved indoors to the Main Gym for the first time in more than 20 years.
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“I know we worked hard getting ready for homecoming week, but our health is more important,” said social studies teacher Ian Rodriguez.
Among other sports events, administrators have cancelled both junior varsity and freshman football games, a cross country meet, and tennis matches. Practices for most sports teams have been cancelled all week.
“I think canceling the game was a good idea,” said junior varsity football player Major Green. “I’m sick right now and have an asthmatic cough, so all the smoke just makes it worse.”
Health teachers have passed out masks since Wednesday.
While many students and staff are disappointed about homecoming events, and concerned for their own health, many are grateful the fire has not affected Castro Valley with more than smoke.
Science teacher Ashmeet Sahni is organizing donations and relief supplies to deliver on Saturday, and has inspired other teachers to help. Social studies teacher Kathleen Cassidy collected $223 worth of student donations Thursday, which she plans to double with her own money, plus an extra $120 from staff. She spent all the money on supplies for fire victims.
“I am overwhelmed at the generosity of my students,” said Cassidy. “While it won’t put out any fires, I think people are looking for a way to feel useful when a tragedy hits so close to home.”
Principal Blaine Torpey also reminded CVHS families of “Trojan togetherness” in an email to parents Thursday evening.
“This year’s event will not be as big and brash as in the past but it will be great. It will be a symbol of our Trojan community and our community’s resilience,” said Torpey.