School districts react to UIL's announcement

By Holley Nees - bio | email

EAST TEXAS (KTRE) -  The University Interscholastic League said, "On the recommendation of Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, and in consultation with Texas Education Agency Commissioner Robert Scott, the University Interscholastic League is altering its schedule of events due to the outbreak of the Swine Flu in Texas. Effective immediately, all UIL interscholastic competition is suspended until May 11."

"We get to the point that we think extra-curricular activities are everything, and they are significant, but this gives us a reality check of just how real the world is and how important preserving health and safety are," said Wells Independent School District Superintendent Dale Morton.

Other schools agree with him.

"It's a luxury to have all the extra-curricular activities and I know everybody looks forward to participating, but health and safety always comes first," said Huntington ISD Superintendent Eric Wright.

Safety continued to dominate the conversation when Lufkin ISD Superintendent Roy Knight said, "I applaud the commissioner's efforts here, it certainly reinforces our standpoint as a district that students' safety takes precidents over extra- and co-curricular activities."

The Diboll athletic director said it's tough, but he's with Knight.

"You know, I hate to see the kids that work real hard not to be able to go to their regional meet, but you know it's for the safety of our kids, I think it's the best thing," Diboll Athletic Director Tom Sheppard said.

Coaches realize they'll have to make do.

"You just got to find a way to win.  You know, things you can't control you do something about.  Things that you can't, you just make it work," Huntington Head Softball Coach Ruth Wright said.

Some of the school districts went ahead and cancelled all out of town school trips until May 11th just to be safe.