March 2, 2012
The Fluvanna County High School boys' basketball team will advance to the semifinals of the AA Div. 3 state tournament with a win Friday night. It's a reason for any Fluco fan to celebrate, but some parents are reluctant to cheer for a victory.
Why? Because all county schools - from the high school down to the elementary schools - will be closed if the makes it to the state semis on Tuesday. The seemingly last-minute decision has upset plenty of parents.
"School is more important than sports," said Darryl Wheaton.
The Fluvanna County School Board released a statement explaining its decision, saying, "The team has had strong support from the community and the school board wanted to give all staff and students the opportunity to support the team."
With the game tipping off at 1 p.m., the board decided it would be too difficult for fans to travel to Richmond for the game.
But parents, especially those of young students, say they're being put in a difficult situation. It could mean having to pay for daycare or find a babysitter on short notice.
"I'm surprised and not very happy about it because it inconveniences the schedules of a lot of people on short notice. There really was no warning," said Jacki Harris.
Snow days are built-in to the academic calendar. And since the unseasonably warm winter has left the school district with six remaining snow days, officials say one will be used if the team plays on Tuesday.
But Wheaton says that's not fair to other sports.
"They don't do it for other sports like hunting where they know a bunch of people are going to be out for that first day. It should be done equally if it's going to be done for one," he argued.
The Flucos must beat James Monroe High School Friday night to reach the state semifinals.