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Sweetwater Union High School District parents petition to allow students to practice sports

Posted at 6:08 AM, Sep 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-23 09:08:06-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) -- A group of parents from the Sweetwater Union High School district have started a petition hoping to push the district to allow their student-athletes to return to practice.

As of Tuesday night, the petition has over 1,100 signatures.

The parents want their children to follow all safety and social distancing guidelines, but they say the district has told them the kids can't practice. The petition gives examples of other school districts in San Diego County that have allowed their student athletes to return to practice.

The petition even suggests that district officials are keeping sports shut down to balance Sweetwater's multi-million dollar budget deficit.

Parents argue that not having sports is affecting their children's mental health and that not practicing could put them at a disadvantage once the seasons starts and when it comes time to get sports scholarships.

ABC 10News reached out to the Sweetwater Union High School District and a spokesperson said that safety is their priority and that they are monitoring the situation.

To read the full petition click here.