PARADISE, Calif. -- The Paradise volleyball returned to campus on Tuesday, but it isn’t quite back to bumping, setting and spiking.
“It’s weird. It’s really weird to be back on the court and it’s going to take some getting used to because we aren’t back to normal yet,” said senior Madison Bergman. “But it feels really good to see everyone and kind of get a sense of normalcy after everything.”
Paradise is only in the first of three phases, which means it can only condition and do individual drills.
“It feels really great. I’ve been playing this sport for like five years now and with the quarantine situation going on for a couple of months it’s been really hard,” said senior Alison Stuermer.
Paradise High’s athletic director and volleyball coach Anne Stearns worked with the school district to make guidelines and plans to return. Butte County Public Health provided them with information from the state department of public health, which states that drills, which do not involve team contact, are permitted in counties with a variance to the extent that they can comply with the gym reopening guidance.
“It was a lot. It was a struggle,” said Stearns. “But at the same time, just to be back on campus, it almost feels like the fire where we’re coming back and it’s so exciting and they just want to be around each other.”
But there’s some contingencies to be around each other. New guidelines include athletes isolated in groups of ten, screenings, no sharing of gear and more.
It’s so important,” said Stearns. “We talk about the fact that one kid can ruin it for everyone and so they have to understand all of these plans that we put into place, it’s for their safety.”
All coaches were required to attend a training session prior to the first practice. Students also had to have a parent release form signed before participating.
Editors Note: A previous version of this article stated Butte County Public Health approved Paradise High's plans and guidelines. A correction has been made to state that they were only provided information from the CDPH. It states that drills, that do not involve team contact are permitted in counties with a variance to the extent that they can comply with the gyms/fitness studio's guidance.