Cheshire Academy enjoys finishing the sports year on a high note, but with health concerns over COVID-19 or coronavirus in Connecticut, the school has decided to cancel the spring season.
“It is incredibly tough,” said Associate Head of Schools Dave Dykeman, who also coaches football and baseball at CA. “Everyone right now is going through challenges, but when you look at the work that our athletes and coaches put in, it is very disappointing to have to cancel the season.”
In the spring, CA competes in baseball, golf, lacrosse, softball, tennis, and track and field.
“I can’t speak for other schools, but the decision to cancel has been universal in the NEPSAC (New England Preparatory School Athletic Council),” stated Dykeman. “We are doing every thing we can to connect with our seniors and all the athletes. There is something so special about your senior year, especially playing in the spring. I feel so bad for them.”
Dykeman feels that people should continue to take safety precautions to contain the spread of COVID-19.
“I hope that everyone takes this as seriously as they need to. This is the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen,” said Dykeman. “Everyone is making sacrifices right now for the greater good and that is the most important thing.”
Along with canceling spring sports, CA has stopped teaching on campus and transitioned to remote learning for the semester.
“Many of our students have traveled back home. We have no one boarding right now,” stated Dykeman, who added that the student population resides in five continents. “Our faculty has worked hard to make a live learning plan. It is a great thing.”