After a one-day hiatus Monday, Detroit Lakes high school athletics are back on track with regular seasons upon receiving clearance from the Minnesota State High School League and the department of health after a confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported over the weekend.
Sports were put into virtual mode and the first day of school was changed to asynchronous distance learning out of caution after the report of a DLHS staff member testing positive.
Nielsen and the distinct took extra time for contact tracing of the employee and to make sure staffing was sufficient for school to begin and activities to resume.
“The choice to move to distance learning was made voluntarily out of concerns for staffing the high school and not due to school or county metrics,” activities director Rob Nielsen said in a social media release Tuesday morning.
The tennis, soccer, cross country and swimming teams are now allowed to continue to practice and compete with one tennis meet against Crosby-Ironton, scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 15 to be rescheduled.
The district’s choice to go directly to distance learning and temporarily suspend activities was not a first in Minnesota.
According to Nielsen, the move is not unprecedented.
“A number of schools in the state are in a distance learning model by choice and still practicing and competing,” the release noted. “These schools include: the Minneapolis and St. Paul public high schools, Anoka-Hennepin's nine high schools, Bloomington Jefferson, Bloomington Kennedy, Roseville high school and a number of others throughout the state.”
Practices resume Tuesday, Sept. 15 for all four teams. The regular season is just past the midway point, aside from swimming and diving, which is only two meets into the season.
Sep 17 7PM vs East Grand Forks
Sep 24 7PM vs Pelican Rapids
Sep 29 7PM at East Grand Forks
Oct 6 7PM vs Hillcrest Lutheran Academy
Sep 17 7PM at East Grand Forks
Sep 22 4PM at Crookston
Sep 29 7PM vs East Grand Forks
Oct 6 5PM vs Pelican Rapids
Oct 8 3PM at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy
Sep 17 4PM Triangular at Perham 6p b, 6:40 g
Sep 24 4PM Triangular at Hawley
Oct 1 4PM Home Triangular
Oct 8 Conference Championship at Rutgers GC (Deerwood)
Swimming and Diving
Sep 17 6PM vs Perham
Sep 22 6PM vs Fosston
Sep 24 5:30PM at Crookston
Sep 29 6PM vs Perham
Oct 6 5:30PM at Thief River Falls
Oct 8 6PM vs Park Rapids Area
Oct 13 6PM at Fosston
Sep 15 4PM vs Crosby-Ironton TBD
Sep 17 4:30PM at Thief River Falls
Sep 22 4PM at Crookston
Sep 29 4PM at East Grand Forks