Bossier superintendent says COVID numbers will not impact school sports

Airline High School’s football field
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Published: Jan. 18, 2022 at 3:57 PM CST
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BENTON, La. (KSLA) - COVID-19 has impacted many aspects of our lives, including high school sports.

Bossier Parish Superintendent Jason Rowland says they aren’t seeing a high number of teams sitting out compared to last year. Despite the surge in COVID cases, Rowland says the school district made a vow not to forfeit any games this year.

“We are not canceling anything. We’re not going back to 2020. Spring and winter will conclude, begin and proceed as they have in the past. I would encourage all seniors to mitigate as much as possible, stay six feet away,” he said.

Logansport Head Basketball Coach Steven Stroud says COVID is hard on the players.

“We had a district basketball game at LaSalle this previous Friday. They had several cases within their basketball program,” he said.

On Monday, Jan. 17, the CDC recommended school districts cancel high-risk activities or hold them virtually in places where numbers are high. The Louisiana High School Athletic Association is leaving it up to school districts on how they deal with COVID’s impact on contact sports.

“We’re trying to handle it on a case-by-case situation,” said Rowland.

He also said Bossier Parish isn’t seeing a lot of teams sitting out at this time.

“We’ve committed in Bossier Parish that we’re not going to forfeit. Most of our schools have freshman, junior varsity, and even if we have to play a freshman squad at a varsity event, we’re committed to doing that,” he said.

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