What about H1N1 and School Sports?
More like two letters and two numbers - H1N1.
You should know what that is by now.
The Public Health Agency of Canada issued guidelines for all schools last month on how to deal with Round Two of the influenza-like illness. Tag on the messages and commitments by the various Boards of Education to protect the health and well-being of everyone. So far, so good as people anxiously wonder if there is cause to panic or stay calm and just keep washing their hands.
When a school in British Columbia reported on Wednesday that one third of the students were sent home, I got thinking again about how things were shaping up in Toronto, if that dreaded flu hits here.
Well, the two athletic associations that govern school sports in this city have told me that there is no plan in place regarding sports and what to do if games have to be cancelled because of a lack of healthy bodies. For now, they're just tagging along with directions from their respective school boards.
One representative told me he was informed that it's “not a pandemic problem here.” Let's hope it won't be either.
While it may be difficult to come up with revamped schedules now, especially when everything is status quo, one would assume that some discussion would have occurred when teachers and coaches returned from those vacation months.
Even some form of correspondence that might have gone out with reminder messages about encouraging things such as telling students to avoid sharing water bottles (it still happens), take precautions about the sportsmanship thing of shaking hands before or after games and having plenty of hand cleanser, maybe a bottle for each athlete. I know, it costs money and no one has any.
Rather than being out of sight, out of mind, there is nothing wrong with being pro-active, vigilant, stressing education and making this a priority rather than having to deal with the panic button later on.