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St. Paul Education decides to allow student participation in tournaments

"AHS and government currently allow activities like minor hockey to continue, so we are aligning with their decisions at this point," says St. Paul Education superintendent.
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The last high school basketball SPAA championship took place in 2020. With tournaments back on the schedule for St. Paul Education students, the event could take place this season.

ST. PAUL - St. Paul Education has decided to open up opportunities for competition for student-athletes and allow for further inter-school activities, aligning itself with organizations such as minor hockey associations.

St. Paul Education Superintendent Glen Brodziak confirmed with Lakeland Today on Monday that a notice was sent out to school administrators earlier that same day.

"AHS and government currently allow activities like minor hockey to continue, so we are aligning with their decisions at this point," wrote Brodziak in the email sent to school administrators. "As the mental health of our students contributes to their overall well-being, we are allowing opportunities for our students to remain active."

Effective Monday, schools within St. Paul Education can participate in "league games, tournaments, and any curricular or extracurricular activities."

Since coaching is voluntary, those involved with coaching school-based teams can have full discretion on how they proceed.

Spectators are still not allowed to attend sporting events within St. Paul Education schools, and all other public health measures and protocols - such as masking -  remain in place. 

"Student health and safety has been our priority throughout the pandemic," said Brodziak.

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During discussions at the Jan. 12 school board meeting, it was noted that St. Paul Education schools could participate in practices and league games, but not tournaments. 

At that time, most other school divisions in the region were limiting students to only participating in practices.

 



Janice Huser

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Janice Huser has been with the St. Paul Journal since 2006. She is a graduate of the SAIT print media journalism program, is originally from St. Paul and has a passion for photography.
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