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Some Ohio districts limit fans for indoor winter sports season

John London, WLWT |

School districts are continuing to watch and wait for Gov. Mike DeWine to weigh the data and make a judgment call about high school athletes on the court, in the pool and on the mat.

According to DeWine, superintendents are divided about who should handle the decision-making. Some want to retain control themselves while others have told the governor he should be the one to do it.

Two local superintendents told us Monday that they’re trying their best to strike the right balance.

“I believe that we will continue with winter sports. But I do think that every day as we’re learning more and as we continue to monitor the situation that it could be moments of pause,” said Mason Schools Superintendent Jonathan Cooper.

“Situations are going to arise. We’ve had to quarantine teams because of a positive. At Princeton, we’ve had to quarantine teams because of a positive on the other team. And we know that’s going to happen,” said Tim Burton, superintendent of Princeton City Schools.

Both of those superintendents and the governor mentioned Monday the importance of keeping the mental health component front and center when deciding about winter sports.

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