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School board: Menomonie fall sports season can finish

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MENOMONIE (WQOW) - Menomonie High School's fall sports teams will be allowed to finish their seasons, the Menomonie School Board decided Monday.

By a 6-3 margin, the board approved the action item that allowed the football and girls swimming and diving teams to complete their postseason opportunities. The swimming and diving team will compete at the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association state meet on Friday at Waukesha South Natatorium. The football team will compete in the WIAA Level 1 playoffs on Friday against Marshfield High School, and would play again next week in Level 2 with a win.

The Mustangs are currently scheduled to host Friday's game, but may have to travel due to spectator limitations at Don and Nona Williams Stadium on the University of Wisconsin-Stout campus.

Menomonie High School will begin virtual learning on Wednesday. District Administrator Joe Zydowsky told News 18 Monday the district has 21 active COVID-19 staff cases due to positive tests or exposure from staff members being close contacts.

The earliest classes can resume in person is November 30, but it is very likely virtual instruction will continue beyond that date.

The board discussed the completion of the fall season for nearly an hour. Some board members wanted to follow the recommendation of the Dunn County Health Department (which does not approve of playing athletics), while others believed the final two weeks of the season could be completed safely.

Winter sports at Menomonie High School are scheduled to start next Monday. The board discussed re-evaluating its approval of proceeding with the winter sports season.

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