Washington Gov. Jay Inslee ordered all public and private schools in Washington closed beginning Tuesday through April 24 due to the public health situation, which means all high school sports, practices and other activities statewide are suspended until further notice.
Greater Spokane League/District 8 Director Herb Rotchford addressed how that decision impacts high school sports in Eastern Washington.
The Spokesman-Review: Does it help that the governor closed schools for that time period, taking the decision out of the school districts’ hands, so there’s one blanket policy in the state?
Rotchford: Well, that’s the type of leadership that we need to have, you know. We’re in a situation where we can’t have ambivalence, or we can’t have confusion, we need clear decisive direction. And I think that’s what Gov. Inslee has provided.
S-R: Does District 8, or individual school districts, or the other area leagues have any kind of contingency built into their charters for situations like this?
HR: The protocol is that the school districts will always make these kinds of decisions, not the league, independent of the school districts. So it’s not any different than, say, inclement weather. School districts make the decision whether to keep schools in session or shut down. And then the league will abide by whatever decision that the school districts make.
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