Chants of “Let us play! Let us play!” could be heard outside Dallas ISD headquarters Monday as students protested in response to the postponement of high school sports activities. 

Last week, Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa announced that on-campus learning wouldn’t begin until October, thereby delaying organized school sports and sport practices such as football and other on-campus activities. 

Protesting student athletes and their parents say other Dallas-area school districts will now have an unfair advantage, given their decisions to continue holding organized sports activities. School districts such as Highland Park, Garland and Richardson plan to start their football training sessions this coming Monday.

An original plan to return to in-person learning was scheduled for Sept. 8, but recommendations from a public health committee for school led Hinojosa to halt those plans. 

More than 500 school-aged children have tested positive for COVID-19 over the past two weeks, according to Dallas County. Half of those cases belong to students in the Dallas ISD.

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