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HSD Will Not Host Fall Postseason Athletic Events
The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) has informed the district that Hazelwood Central, Hazelwood East, and Hazelwood West high schools will not serve as host sites for any fall MSHSAA postseason athletic events due to the district’s COVID-19 mitigation strategies.
Our district is committed to offering students opportunities to enjoy the experience of participating in HSD athletic events, and we were looking forward to hosting postseason athletic events this fall. Unfortunately, MSHSAA has objected to the specific requirement that visiting spectators provide valid proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend district athletic events.
The aforementioned requirement is in place to help keep our students and employees healthy and inside the classroom to engage in face-to-face instruction. Since the beginning of the school year, the number of COVID-19 positive students and employees in HSD have both remained below 1 percent. HSD's success in limiting the spread of COVID-19 in our schools is directly tied to our mitigation strategies. Due to high COVID-19 transmission rates, low vaccination rates, and low testing rates in the zip codes HSD serves, our mitigation strategies are intentionally robust. However, we are looking forward to removing some strategies as metrics improve. We all need to work together to make that happen.
In the meantime, our high school principals, athletic directors, and district administrators have developed a plan to ensure HSD school spirit is felt at postseason athletic events. To encourage student participation, the district will provide bus transportation to the events outside of the Hazelwood School District. Additionally, the district will pay for student admission to fall postseason athletic events outside of the Hazelwood School District.
For each high schools’ postseason athletic event, outside of HSD, bus transportation will be provided for the first 300 high school students from each high school who register for the event. To participate, students must meet the following criteria from the HSD Activity Handbook:
- 90% attendance (hours/not days), no long-term suspension (10 or more days), and a 2.5 GPA or higher.
Additional details about the district’s COVID-19 mitigation strategies for athletic events can be found here.