Harrisburg School District Superintendent responds to outrage over postponed fall sports


HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Acting Harrisburg School Superintendent Chris Celmer has been facing criticism regarding his decision to postpone fall sports until at least next spring.

He released a letter in response on Sunday detailing the reasons he took into account while making this decision.

There are a number of factors he included in his letter as the reason why he made his decision.

Those factors include:

  • >5% positivity rate for Dauphin County
  • Pennsylvania ranked second-to-last in coronavirus testing (according to John’s Hopkins University)
  • Disproportionate impact on communities of color (according to the CDC)
  • New information regarding myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle, possibly exacerbated by COVID-19
  • Guidance from PA Dept. of Education and Gov. Wolf which shares concern for participants and the public’s health

You can read the Superintendents’ full letter here.

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