BEDFORD, VA. – Bedford County student-athletes will proceed to take a seat on the sidelines of competitors for now. This comes following the varsity board failing to get a majority to reverse its earlier resolution.
It was not the end result that the greater than 100 college students who gathered for a rally earlier than the assembly had hoped for. They have been loud and proud, chanting ‘allow us to play’ and rallying for a coverage change. The group included college students like Staunton River Excessive College senior Aiden Brown.
“Numerous children, that is all they’ve, all they’ve is sports activities. So we would like this group to return collectively and present the assist for sports activities and allow us to play, that’s merely put,” Brown mentioned.
It was the newest present of assist in our space. In the previous couple of months, the motion has swept the nation, and native college students have used the rallying cry in Roanoke and Montgomery counties.
Amy Loughlin is the mother of a senior student-athlete and arranged the rally.
“We are able to ship emails till we’re blue within the face, they find yourself within the trash. I’ve despatched two this week with no response to all seven members, even those who’re for sports activities, I’ve gotten no response,” Loughlin mentioned. “This, this will get a response.”
After receiving an replace from division employees on the present scenario, the board held a prolonged, heated dialogue about returning to athletic competitors. There was no vote as 4 board members, a majority on the seven-person board, made it clear they didn’t assist returning to competitors on the present juncture.
Jason Johnson was named the brand new chairman Thursday evening and is a part of the bulk in opposition to returning to sports activities for proper now. He mentioned regardless of divisions like Roanoke County, Botetourt and others not too long ago reversing their choices, they’re simply not able to do it in Bedford.
“Our numbers in Bedford County have solely risen since our final assembly in December and we simply wish to make it possible for we will proceed working our colleges for in-person studying,” Johnson mentioned.
The three board members who’re in favor of resuming sports activities got here out to cheer the gang on. College students huddled round telephones within the car parking zone to look at the assembly stream, cheering and jeering alongside in real-time as in the event that they have been at a sport within the pupil part.
Johnson mentioned he hears the scholars and appreciates their enthusiasm, however for proper now the board continues to look ahead hopeful instances will drop.
“We simply wish to make it possible for we will do every little thing we will to take care of in-person studying at our colleges in order that our college students can proceed to have that point with their lecturers and their friends,” Johnson mentioned. “And we can’t wait to get them again on the sphere or the courtroom or the observe as quickly as attainable.”
The division’s psychological well being group is assembly with coaches and different college employees to get a sport plan collectively to flesh out packages to assist student-athletes fighting not with the ability to compete.
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