Winter End-of-Season Sports Banquets Postponed Due to COVID-19 Concerns

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Darien High School banquets for end-of-season winter sports teams are being “postponed,” DHS Athletic Director Chris Manfredonia told coaches in an email Wednesday morning.

The postponement comes in response to a just-issued school district rule banning gatherings of 100 or more people at school-related events, but it even covers banquets where less than 100 people are expected, Manfredonia said.

“While I understand that some banquets may be less 100 than people, it will become nearly impossible to monitor those numbers,” he said in the 9:13 a.m. email. “We are hopeful that in the future, your teams will be able to celebrate their seasons.”

DHS Assistant Principal Katherine Dimoulas, in a 11:18 a.m. email addressed to the “Class of 2020” made a similar announcement:

“[W]e are postponing the 100 Day Dinner Celebration; we hope to be able to reschedule for a later date in the school year,” she wrote. “We will communicate with you as we have more information.”

Full Texts of Both Messages

From Manfredonia:

Coaches:

Out of an abundance of caution, we are going to postpone all remaining winter end-of-season banquets, until a time in which it is deemed appropriate to do so.

While I understand that some banquets may be less than 100 people, it will become nearly impossible to monitor those numbers.

Please forward this email to those parents organizing these events. We are hopeful that in the future, your teams will be able to celebrate their seasons.

Chris

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From Dimoulas:

Dear Class of 2020,

Based on the guidance we have received from local and state officials regarding events with more than 100 participants, we are postponing the 100 Day Dinner Celebration; we hope to be able to reschedule for a later date in the school year. We will communicate with you as we have more information.

I appreciate your patience and understanding during this complex and evolving situation.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Dimoulas

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