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MIL continuing ‘no-contact’ period following expiration of statewide edict

While the “no-contact” period agreed to by the Hawaii High School Athletic Association executive board last month expired on Sunday, there is no change for the Maui Interscholastic League, according to Maui High School principal Jamie Yap, the MIL’s voting member of the board.

The main reason for the no-contact edict being extended for all MIL coaches and student-athletes is that most Department of Education schools in the county are still utilizing distance learning, with no students on campus because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Some MIL private schools have students on campus, but the league is standing together as one on the decision to extend the no-contact period, Yap said.

“There can’t be extracurricular activities until DOE students return to campus,” Yap said. “The MIL collectively decided that until everyone can practice and play, no one will.”

HHSAA executive director Chris Chun told scoringlive.com this week that with the expiration of the statewide no-contact rule, decisions on extracurricular activities is up to each of the state’s five leagues.

Yap said that the Maui DOE complexes will be distance learning for the most part through at least the end of the first quarter on Oct. 2.

Yap added that a state Board of Education meeting is set for today — and more discussion is expected to happen Friday — to determine when on-campus learning can begin. He said that the start of on-campus learning and extracurricular activities could be different for each complex depending on the number of COVID-19 cases, but the DOE is still awaiting protocols from the state Department of Health.

The most likely sports to start first are air riflery and bowling, which were both designated as low-risk by the HHSAA executive board over the summer and had been given the go-ahead this fall before the no-contact period was extended in mid-August.

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com.

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