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Creston schools relay guidelines for winter activities

Creston Community High School cheerleaders line the edge of a wrestling mat prior to the pandemic during a wrestling meet in February. Pictured, from left, are Sophia Patterson, Keagan Bailey, Shelby Barber and Kloey Crawford. Following the guidance of Governor Kim Reynolds, the Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, cheerleaders will not be allowed to invite guests, unlike competitors who are permitted to invite two spectators per activity.
Creston Community High School cheerleaders line the edge of a wrestling mat prior to the pandemic during a wrestling meet in February. Pictured, from left, are Sophia Patterson, Keagan Bailey, Shelby Barber and Kloey Crawford. Following the guidance of Governor Kim Reynolds, the Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, cheerleaders will not be allowed to invite guests, unlike competitors who are permitted to invite two spectators per activity.

The Creston Community School District’s board of directors met to discuss activities guidelines in relation to COVID-19 6 p.m. Monday via electronic means.

For winter sports, the Hawkeye 10 activities directors are following the guidance of Governor Kim Reynolds, the Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union in regard to sporting events and COVID-19. H-10 conference schools are limiting the number of spectators to two per roster participant through Jan. 1. Only participating athletes will be allowed tickets for two spectators, for now, said Scott Driskell, CCHS assistant principal and activities director.

“One of the frustrating pieces is our cheerleaders don’t get tickets, if you had a pep band they wouldn’t get tickets, coaches don’t get two tickets, managers. Essentially it’s just the people participating,” he said.

Driskell said seating may be modified and masks will be required for entry. The districts ask invited spectators to stay at home if they are not feeling well.

Driskell said cheerleading will only be allowed at home events for boys and girls basketball. However, wrestling cheerleaders will be allowed to travel with the team since they only have a couple of opportunities this season to participate.

“To make their experience worthwhile, we are going to allow them to go on the road, but they will not cheer at tournaments at this time,” he said.

Wrestling athletes will also be allowed two spectators per participant this season. Driskell said they are seeking to be as proactive and safe as possible during this time.

“But hopefully continue with our activities,” he added.

Due to the financial effects of pandemic-related limitations, Driskell said that Hawkeye 10 passes will not be allowed this winter.

“Our gates have already been dramatically impacted from this. ... We need every dollar we can get to sustain our programs,” he said.

Regarding admissions and concessions, the use of exact cash is highly recommended. The H-10 schools are asking that all sign postings be adhered to and that social distancing is practiced during events. Events will be streamed for those not able to attend.

CCHS Bowling

Driskell said that high school bowling practice is taking place at Feldhacker’s Family Fun Center and in Osceola after the closing of Pine Valley Golf Course last month. Home meets have been moved to Osceola and Atlantic since events require more lanes than the Family Fun Center can provide. Driskell said unless something changes locally, CCHS may not be able to offer bowling in the future.

“This plan that we have is more expensive. The kids are having to travel more, we’ve got them on busses to practice in Osceola and obviously no home meets. It could be a struggle. We’re hopeful that somebody decides to purchase Pine Valley or to reestablish a nice bowling alley in our community, but that’s presented challenges for our high school program,” he said.

In other school board news:

• The board discussed that the CCES hybrid instructional plan now in place – which includes two days of on-site learning with two and a half days online and a half day on Wednesdays for teacher planning and collaboration – will continue until Thanksgiving break. After break, plans will be to resume onsite learning full-time, unless communicated otherwise by the district.

• The board elected Galen Zumbach to continue in his role as board president. Dr. Brad James was elected as board vice president as well as appointed to the role of Union County Conference Board Representative. A motion was passed approving Billie Jo Greene to continue in her role as board secretary and approving Pat Moeller to continue in her role as board treasurer.

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