Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) and Senate Education Committee Chair Wayne Langerholc Jr. (R-35) today issued the following statements regarding the PIAA decision to implement its safety plan and allow school-sponsored sports to continue this fall.
The PIAA was considering postponing the fall sports season after Governor Wolf recommended that no sporting events take place until January 2021.
“Thank you to the PIAA for continuing with their approach of how we can safely accomplish a fall sports season instead of defaulting to what we cannot do. The PIAA has spent the summer consulting with medical professionals and others in order to develop a thoughtful and comprehensive plan that would allow these kids to safely play.
“Today’s decision gives school districts and parents the green light to choose to proceed with fall sports for their students – many of whom have been left without structure and positive purpose for the last five months. School activities and sports play an essential role in children’s mental health and well-being. I am happy the PIAA recognized the need for these kids to have normalcy back in their lives during such difficult times.”
“I am pleased the PIAA decided to continue with fall sports and to let our student athletes play. For months, our local school districts have demonstrated the ability to safely resume athletic activities. While this decision is one small step back to normalcy, we must continue to ensure the safety of all student athletes.”