Selma City Schools to host Zoom community meeting to discuss fate of fall sports

Selma High School Saints take the field against Benjamin Russell at home in fall 2019.
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As Selma City Schools work toward a decision whether to hold fall sports in the COVID-19 pandemic, administrators are hosting a Virtual Chat and Chew on Tuesday evening to get the community’s input.

A Zoom meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss fall sports and extracurricular activities with login information to be released soon at their Facebook page here.

Several school districts in Alabama have postponed sports for the first nine weeks. However, the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Central Board of Control approved starting sports without delay last Wednesday.

Selma City Schools Superintendent Avis Williams said in a column to the community that the district is torn whether to hold sports, considering they are learning from home the first nine weeks to protect students and teachers from spreading the virus. She also sees the value of sports as a morale booster to the community that needs normalcy.

“During this (Zoom) session, we will make every effort to answer questions and provide clarity,” Williams said. “In the end, a final decision will be made very soon as we grapple with the question, to play or not to play.”

Williams said the goal is “to remain transparent and ensure that our stakeholders have a voice and an avenue to express their concerns.”

“We will continue to update our FAQ document as we engage,” she said.