On the verge of creeping into the COVID-19 high-risk level, the Anchorage School District has ceased sports activities and pushed back the season’s start.
The district announced on Wednesday as the city’s positive case counts continue to soar.
“In anticipation of a shift to a High-Risk category in the coming days, the Anchorage School District will cancel all in-person contact between ASD coaches and student athletes,” district spokeswoman Lisa Miller wrote in a statement to the Anchorage Daily News.
Under the Alaska School Activities Association’s guidelines, football, tennis and cross country are scheduled to begin practice July 29. Miller said schools in the Anchorage School District would not start at least until Aug. 5.
She told the ADN that the district would monitor the numbers daily and decide on fall sports every two weeks.
According to state data, there are 29 new cases of COVID-19 per day on average in Anchorage, which puts the municipality in the district’s high-risk category.
The district has low-, medium-low-, medium-high- and high-risk levels.
Athletics is also on hold for schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.
Athletics at Kodiak High School is still set to begin July 29.