SHAMOKIN — Canceling school and the remainder of athletics is not a conclusion the state Department of Education and PIAA rushed to the minute the coronavirus became a pandemic, and that decision was made early on by other states nationwide.
The PIAA’s patience in the decision-making process allowed it time to consider its options to get athletes back to their respective competitions — if possible.
How, when and where were likely difficult questions to answer, but the hypothetical questions aren’t really relevant now.
And now, there are a few more hypotheticals that will come in the weeks to follow.
Will a champion be crowned in swimming and basketball?
What impact will this have on spring athletes hoping to compete in college? (After all, most collegiate athletes and schools are still figuring out how to manage rosters with the NCAA’s eligibility relief.)
Again, no one knows the answer to these questions and repercussions will only become available as this plays out.
Likewise, no one knows if this will be considered an overreaction by the time summer months roll around.
But, ‘overreacting’ has been considered the best decision by leading physicians since the outbreak began to spread in March.
“I think we should be overly aggressive and get criticized for overreacting,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is one of the core members of President Trump’s coronavirus task force, said early in March, which was prior to any stay-at-home order in the state.