A new California court settlement allows for both outdoor and indoor sports to start. At CVHS, outdoor sports like track and cross country have already started to have meets. As a result of the settlement, the school plans on bringing indoor sports back as soon as possible.
“We are aware of Thursday’s ruling that, when made official, will reopen indoor sports. As of right now, California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) is awaiting clarification from California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on several areas of the guidance. Once we get that clarification, we will work as quickly as possible to ensure that all state, county, and district protocols and guidelines are in place to enable indoor seasons to begin,” wrote interim athletic director Don Smith on March 5.
However, indoor sports are considered to be more dangerous. Athletes would be breathing in a small enclosed space, which limits the airflow in the room, increasing the chance of coronavirus transmission.
Junior and badminton player Kaylee Yang believes that the situation still might not be safe enough.
“I don’t really want to go back to school since it’s important to implement actions to slow the spread of the virus, so going back would go against CDC guidelines,” said Yang.
On the other hand there are many students who are willing and excited to go back like senior Sophia Siopack. Siopack and her parents have decided that she will be able to go back — as long as she follows the safety guidelines — since it is her senior year.
“I will definitely go back. I can’t wait to see the rest of the team! We’re already doing Zoom workouts together, but it’s not the same as playing together on the courts. I hope that our whole team will be responsible and considerate of each other, stay socially distanced as much as possible, and keep our masks on. I’m not afraid to reinforce that too,” said Siopack.
If indoor sports begin, the athletes and staff must follow the new guidelines made by the CDPH. This includes daily health screeners, weekly testing, and more.
“It would be nice to have a sense of normalcy,” said volleyball player junior Tyler Iwashimizu.