Last week the Dubuque school board voted to start the school year with a hybrid process of learning, which essentially is a combination of in-person and online learning. Parents can also opt to have their kids learn completely online, but what about fall sports? On July 17th, the Iowa High School Athletic Association announced that it is preparing to begin the 2020 fall sports season as scheduled. Practices for football, volleyball and cross country are slated to begin on August 10th. Dubuque superintendent Stan Rheingans says right now they are waiting for additional guidance from the IHSAA. He says the association’s guidelines will no doubt dictate the path they take when it comes to fall sports. Rheingans says although the association has given the OK to have fall sports, districts can still decide not to. The state also has some leverage on how districts can conduct dance clubs, theater, debate teams and marching bands during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rheingans says according to medical experts, if a student has COVID-19 and they don’t display any symptoms, and they sing together with a group of other students the virus could easily spread. Rheingans says they expect to get more guidance on how fall sports will be conducted by August 1st.