City groups, other clubs stopped from using division facilities as SD 59 revisits decision

SD59 to make decision on letting groups use their facilities during pandemic.

Volleyball groups and clubs are eagerly awaiting to hear if they’ll resume hosting club and rec league games at Dawson Creek school gyms.

After initially greenlighting the idea, School District 59 has temporarily put on a pause on the use of its gymnasiums by non-school groups.

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The decision was made after learning it was one of the few school districts in the province letting outside user groups have access to its facilities. 

The Dawson Creek Volleyball Club was two weeks into hosting a community league for Peace Region athletes in the U14 to U18 age range at the DCSS South Peace campus on Wednesday nights.

The decision was then made to not allow groups in the facilities.The City of Dawson Creek was also hosting its adult women’s and co-ed volleyball leagues at SD59 gyms. 

“It was brought to our attention we were one of the few districts across the province with facilities open to outside user groups. Given recent information, we have taken a pause to reflect and review allowing outside user groups use our spaces,” said SD59 Assistant Superintendent Mike Readman. 

“We want to ensure our protocols are in line with the (BC ministries of education and health) protocols. We are going to continue our review, and will make a decision before the end of the week. We don’t want to leave people out of the loop, and we don’t take this decision lightly.”

DCVC coach Aaron Powell is hoping the city lets the club and other user groups use its facilities, and will work to meet the health and safety requirements.

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