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East County parents rally to reopen school and sports

Posted at 12:28 PM, Oct 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-16 15:28:11-04

SPRING VALLEY, Calif (KGTV) -- As campuses like Steele Canyon High School in Spring Valley remain closed because of COVID-19 concerns, some parents and students say they’re getting tired of waiting because they want a return to the classroom and sports.

“I want to play my sport again. I want to see my friends. I’m a freshman, I want to get that high school experience", says Mason Asvell a student at Steele Canyon High.

He wants to play water polo again.

Under the current state rules, youth sports can practice as long as they follow the COVID-19 guidelines.

What they can’t do is play games, and that’s something Troy Mack doesn’t agree with, that’s why he organized this rally with others parents and students.

Mack's daughter plays golf, and he believes the decision to allow games should be based on each individual sport.

Mack adds, “I’m just stumped why we can’t make this golf work. There isn’t much of a distant sport than golf.”

And this is where the CDC stands on this issue. On their website, it says the risk of a COVID-19 spread increases based on the number of people a participant interacts with, how close they physically are to others, and if they share equipment with multiple players.

A spokesperson for the county has said they are looking to the state to provide guidance when it comes to reopening youth sports, which some students say is a waiting game they don’t want to play.

Student Kailyn DeGuzman says, “Our mental health is being drained and will continue to be drained if we don’t go back to in person and in school.”

And until something changes, the parents ABC 10News spoke with say they’ll continue to find ways to make their voices heard.