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ASD announces basketball, cheerleading can resume competition

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Published: Jan. 28, 2021 at 4:47 PM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The Anchorage School District announced that competition for high school basketball and cheerleading will start back up on Monday.

The change is due to Emergency Order-18 that was implemented by Acting Mayor Quinn-Davidson for the time being.

All of the competition will be within the district, meaning that teams in the Municipality of Anchorage can only play other teams in the municipality. When it comes to this, Emergency Order attachment E is key for sports in the municipality.

“The emergency order didn’t change any of their requirements so it doesn’t really change any of our mitigation strategies, students, coaches, officials, anybody that is on-site is required to wear a mask they will go thru a health screening when they arrive. They will answer the COVID symptom-related questions do a temperature check when they are not actively participating they will be remaining 6 feet apart,” Martin Lang, the director of Secondary Education for ASD, said.

If a student-athlete tests positive for COVID-19, they will go through the district screening protocol were they will have to go through a quarantine process. That means if they were possibly infectious while playing or practicing with their team the whole team could potentially go into quarantine for a 14 day period.

Now, where the mitigation for athletics in the Anchorage Municipality takes a big turn from that of the valley is that students athletes are required to be wearing a mask at all times, even during competition. That rule goes for everyone in the building, which won’t be very many because of another clause in the order.

”The current emergency order does not allow for spectators if the current number of participants in that space is greater than 15,” Lang said. “For our basketball programs, they are going to immediately exceed that number so right now we are opening up competition with no spectators.”

Fortunately, over the summer ASD was able to install cameras in all of the gyms that have streaming capabilities. So through the National Federation of State High School Associations, families can log in and watch all of the games live.

As for out of district play, that all depends on the verbiage used in the next Emergency Order because out of district play is not allowed under EO-18.

The first Anchorage High School basketball games will tip-off on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

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