COVID-19 quarantines starting to delay Siskiyou County high school sports

Mike Chapman
Siskiyou Daily News
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Quarantines due to COVID-19 are starting to affect high school basketball games.

The Weed High School boys and girls teams were scheduled to go to Modoc in Alturas on Tuesday and then host Fall River on Friday, but those matchups have been postponed due to coronavirus quarantines and will be rescheduled.

"We did not play games this week due to quarantines," Weed High School Interim Principal Monika Van Baren said Thursday.

"It was a mutual agreement between schools," Van Baren said, although she added Weed initiated the postponements.

"I'm hoping we're back full force next week."

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Weed is in the Siskiyou Union High School District along with Mount Shasta, McCloud and Happy Camp high schools.

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District Superintendent Mike Matheson said Thursday he wasn't aware of any other of his high schools having to postpone sports games just yet.

"Each school is managing the cases and making those determinations based on the guidance," he said.

"Weed had to cancel their games for this week. Mount Shasta is still scheduled for their trip to Trinity tomorrow (Friday). I believe Happy Camp is still scheduled for the games they had planned," Matheson said. "So it's school-specific at this point."

Later Thursday, Mount Shasta girls basketball coach Kirk Andrus, also Siskiyou County's district attorney, said Etna put off their Tuesday, Jan. 11, game.

"Etna canceled on Tuesday, as they could not field a team due to covid," he said by email.

Aside from sports competitions, Matheson said it's becoming a challenge to keep campuses open due to the spread of the virus.

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"Everyone right now is just struggling with the volume of students and families testing positive at this point. ... It's just an example of the volume of issues that all schools are having right now."

The superintendent said educators are working hard to stay open, but it comes down to having enough teachers in the classrooms and substitutes when the teachers are out.

"At some point, if your staff is also quarantined, then availability of substitutes is so limited. Like I say, we're doing everything we can to keep open at this point." Matheson said.

Mike Chapman is an award-winning reporter and photographer for the Record Searchlight in Redding, Calif. His newspaper career spans the Siskiyou Daily News in Yreka beginning in 1977, the Times-Standard in Eureka and in Bellingham, Wash. Support local journalism by subscribing today.