Olivia Ellis- Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- COVID-19 isn’t stopping the LRHS Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) team as new safety precautions have been put in place ensuring that the Raiders competition team are still going strong.
“Key events and standard function typically involved with the Raider Team have been excluded or changed so that they comply with School District of Manatee County (SDMC) Physical Education guidelines, as well as Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) guidelines,” said JROTC Public Affairs Officer Olivia Sahr, junior.
For Mustangs to attend practice, they must go through a prescreening questionnaire and answer honestly any questions regarding coronavirus exposure.
The team is dealing with those who have been exposed to the virus by consulting JROTC officials, LRHS Principal Dahlquist, and the Manatee County school district for further instruction.
“Facemasks are worn directly before and after practices, excluding instances where athletes are properly socially distanced,” said Sahr.
Additionally, every Mustang is required to bring their water and proper sanitization for any equipment they use during practice.
Along with taking safety precautions, there are some activities the team had to cut out altogether.
These include favorites such as rope bridge events, tire-flipping exercises, and the canoe carrying portion of an obstacle course, in order to avoid close encounters.
“Overall, it’s a lot less team focused and has a much different feel to it, but we are still out there getting into shape and having fun,” said sophomore Jackson Fox.
(Correction – The quote in this story was originally incorrectly attributed to Lily Fox.)