To All Parents and Students,
Participation in extra-curricular activities at Jonesport-Beals High School is an earned privilege for those who choose to participate. A student must be in good standing to qualify for participation. This means that they must attend school on a regular basis, have a score of 80 in all subjects, and cannot be the subject of any disciplinary action for a violation of the law, School Board Policy, or school rules. Failure to adhere to all policies, procedures, and protocols will result in immediate dismissal from the activity.
As you realize, Washington County has been assigned a green educational designation from the Maine Department of Education and this will allow Jonesport-Beals High School to participate in athletics within the county. This means that we will be able to play basketball within the boundaries of the county. The MPA is allowing a maximum of 12 games and we must strictly adhere to the guidelines set forth by the CDC, Governor Mill's office, the MPA, and our local School Committee.
Some of the guidelines include:
1. NO fans – We plan to broadcast games on our website
2. Players must wear masks and observe all CDC protocols, before, during, and after contests.
3. Students ride the bus to and from all away games
4. NO MPA Tournament
Due to low numbers, the fact that we have one bus driver, and the need to keep our students as safe as possible, Jonesport-Beals High School is providing an opportunity for both a girls' varsity basketball team and a boys' varsity basketball team only for the 2020-2021 sports season.
Everyone needs to understand that, as we play teams from other schools/communities the risk of contracting Covid-19 increases exponentially, as we play through both 12 game schedules. The reality of participating in a basketball season does come with a lot of risks. A student/athlete that contracts the Covid-19 virus will result in the closure of district schools for a period of time.
We realize that sports play an integral role in the student's education. We will do our best to keep everyone as safe as possible, but there are no guarantees in this pandemic.
-- Michael Kelley