All NISD groups will travel for competition

All NISD groups will travel for competition
Posted on 11/02/2020
All NISD groups will travel for competition

Nacogdoches High School band, drill team and cheer squad will be traveling to competitions this school year, even though the groups haven’t been making out-of-town trips to football games.

That means drill and cheer squads will take part in competitions, and the Golden Dragon band will march later this fall in contests that have been backed up a few weeks by University Interscholastic League because of the ongoing pandemic. Also, academic teams that participate in competitions, and NISD Career and Technical Education groups, such as ag students who show animals or projects, will travel to out-of-town events.

“Any student or group that’s in a competition, we’re going to do everything in our power to support them and any required travel,” said NISD Superintendent Dr. Gabriel Trujillo.

That applies to sports teams, too. NHS tennis, swimming, volleyball and cross country have made competitions this fall. And that will continue to be the case during what’s proving to be a challenging school year because of precautions put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Boys and girls cross country teams at NHS traveled Thursday to the district meet in Jacksonville where individuals earned berths in the regional cross country meet set for next month.

The varsity football season has had one game missed outright because of COVID-19 and another home game canceled then rescheduled to an out-of-town opponent. That means the NHS band, drill and cheer squads missed out on one home performance as well as the competitions on the road.

“We realize some other school districts in East Texas are handling this differently, but I want to do what’s best for our school and our community,” said Trujillo. “That’s how we arrived at the decision to limit travel to only the students competing.”

Other neighboring districts have made similar decisions as NISD, Trujillo said. “You’ve really just got to do what’s best for your own district.”

“I will always err on the side of doing what’s best to protect the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and the community at-large,” he said. “It’s not the decision I would ever have wanted to make, but it’s where we’re at right now.”

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