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Mead School District cancels sports games and practices

Beginning Wednesday, January 12, 2022, all MSD athletic events and training will be canceled until testing supplies arrive.

MEAD, Wash. — The Mead School District (MSD) is canceling high-risk sports and practices beginning Wednesday due to a shortage of COVID-19 testing, according to a voicemail from the district.

The district currently does not have enough tests to continue its athletic testing and “Test-to-Stay” programs, a program that allows students who come into close contact with a COVID-positive person to stay in class if they are tested negative.

Beginning Wednesday, January 12, 2022, high-risk sporting events and practices across MSD will be canceled until testing supplies arrive. High-risk sporting events include all contact sports like basketball and wrestling.

The announcement comes less than 24 hours after district school board members heard community feedback on adding the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of required vaccinations. Council members eventually passed a resolution opposing the idea of ​​a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for school children.

Students who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home unless they can provide a negative test from a health care provider. Students who have been exposed to COVID-19 are also asked to stay home.

Due to the high number of COVID-19 cases in the District and throughout Spokane County, MSD will now email parents of a positive case in their child’s classroom.

According to the voicemail message left by MSD, all schools in the district have positive cases of COVID-19.

“We will send another notification as soon as testing supplies arrive from the Department of Health,” the voicemail said. “Thank you for understanding, working with us, and helping us keep students in school.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.