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Winter sports back on in Harrisburg after athletics freeze

Harrisburg’s Lincoln School building

The Harrisburg School District had put a freeze on winter sports, but now they’re back on.

On Wednesday, Acting Superintendent Chris Celmer announced that athletics would resume on Friday with a number of new COVID-19 mitigation measures in place.

“No one can predict how the virus may or may not impact this plan, but we are going to give winter athletics a chance to participate during this very difficult time,” Celmer said in a statement posted on the district’s website.

The district will split practices to reduce the number of participants, limit roster sizes and allow windows of time for a safe transition between practices. No spectators will be allowed. Events will, instead, be live-streamed. Mask wearing will also be mandatory.

Additionally, Celmer said that a parental waiver will be required for each student-athlete.

The district will continue to monitor the spread of the virus and reserves the right to pause workouts and games again, Celmer said. Red flags include increased weekly positivity and incidence rates and COVID-19 cases amongst students or coaches. Recommendations from local health professionals to postpone may also be a reason to pause activities, he said.

At the beginning of the school year, fall sports were postponed originally, but started back up in October. However, when a football player contracted COVID, they were halted again.

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