Schools were blindsided after the governor strongly recommended cancelling the fall sports season.
Practice for fall sports was ramping up, with the season slated to begin in the next couple weeks.
Schools in Pennsylvania were deep into their plans on how to make the new school year work including fall sports.
The Governor strongly recommends no action takes place on the fields until at least next year, but school officials at Delaware Valley are throwing the red challenge flag.
John Bell’s fed up with what he labels a double standard by the Governor.
“It’s the same way when he’s out marching in protest, but we can’t have a graduation. “
For Bell, pulling the plug on fall sports feels like a blindside blow.
“And he comes out and does something like this out of the blue with no advance notice to any of the 500 school districts. “
Athletes at Delaware Valley have spent months preparing for their upcoming seasons.
“It’s disappointing in the fact that our athletes and our coaches have been following strict protocols to keep our kids safe. “
Chris Ross compares it to driving to score the winning touchdown, but fumbling at the goal line.
“The kids have worked so hard all summer so to have this come last minute is very disappointing. “
The school has also been grappling with how to reopen safely.
“We talked to people all over the state and other state to get some options and then filtered those options down. “
Last night a decision was made. Students and staff will return full time with strict safety measures in place.
“We are going to have everything from plexi-glass shields for the teachers, in the classrooms, in the cafeteria along with hand sanitizing stations all over. “
And while Bell’s relived students will return to the classroom, he’s devastated many won’t ever have a chance again to play the game they love
“I really feel for these kids because spring sports was horrible and now to have their fall season in jeopardy.”
Bell's hopeful if fall sports are cancels, schools statewide can push the season back to the spring to give the students a chance to play ball.