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Washington Township to resume sports during eLearning after school board vote

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Posted at 2:02 PM, Aug 03, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS — The Washington Township School Board voted 4-1 Monday morning to allow students to resume athletic activities. The resolution amends a previous decision that prohibited athletics while students participate in eLearning.

The school board announced July 13 that Washington Township's 11,000 students would begin the school year on July 30 with virtual instruction rather in-person classes. As part of the move, athletics would not be permitted.

According to Monday's resolution, Washington Township athletics for grades 6-12 can begin and Marion County Public Health Department guidance must be followed, even if it is different than Indiana High School Athletic Association guidelines.

The school district will not provide transportation for practice while students receive virtual instruction, and athletic schedules cannot interfere with eLearning schedules.

Additionally, sports could be suspended without a head coach or assistant coach in attendance due to COVID-19.

Spectators at sporting events will be required to wear face coverings and social distancing of six feet or more will be required in the stands, according to the resolution.

The decision came after North Central High School students and their families asked the board to reconsider its previous decision prohibiting athletics during virtual learning.

Practices for most fall sports, including football, began Monday across the state.

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