Athletes turn to online learning

Players choose remote learning to avoid being quarantined


After working hard, juniors Gretchen Kulin and Nicole Panczyk go home after a game. “I chose to switch to online so I could prevent getting quarantined so I would not miss out on the playoffs,” junior Gretchen Kulin said. They look forward to playing more games together in the future and making more memories.

Ally Vohs, staff writer

With the spring sports season coming to an end, some athletes choose to do online learning to eliminate their chances of getting quarantined.

While quarantined, they miss their games, practices and any other activities involving their sport. This is causing many athletes to spring for remote learning instead.

“Right before tryouts started, I got contact traced at school and was quarantined. Tryouts got pushed back anyways because school ended up going virtual. It was more convenient to go online once school opened back up because at the time it was a 14 day quarantine, which meant I would have to miss two weeks of soccer,” junior Samantha Foster said. “Since our season started later, we had 2-3 games along with practice every week, so I did not want to miss out on the season.”

If an athlete gets Covid-19, their entire team would be placed into quarantine and the team would have to miss games and possibly the playoffs. The online learning option allows the sports teams to continue playing even if an athlete on the team contracts Covid-19 as long as they were at home.

“I chose to go online because I did not want to miss out on anything during playoffs and I did not want to get Covid and cause the team to not be able to continue in playoffs. I enjoy being online, especially at this time of year because school is starting to slow down,” junior Alexis Bartlett said.

Virtual learning allows the athletes to be able to participate in sports without the fear of being quarantined and for them to get instruction from teachers online. As long as the athletes engage in online learning then these remote options could benefit them.

“I have no problem with remote learning as long as the student athlete fulfills their responsibility of being a contributing student,” athletic director John Bertich said. “This allows the student-athlete to avoid any unwarranted exposures and helps the teams to continue playing throughout the season.”