Saturday Live Postponed By Education Foundation Due To COVID Figures | Community
BILLINGS – Saturday Live, originally scheduled for September 18, has been postponed by the Education Foundation for Billings Public Schools.
The event typically brings together schools and community members for a day of carnival and food activities, and raises funds for individual school groups as well as the Education Foundation.
“Saturday Live attracts thousands of children and families each year,” said Kelly McCandless, executive director of the Education Foundation for Billings Public Schools. “While we are very disappointed to have to delay this event, we are confident that we are making the best possible decision for our children and our schools.
The decision was made based on the rapid rise in the number of COVID-19, the resulting pressure on hospital staff, and the fact that Saturday Live is aimed at elementary-aged children who have no not yet access to the vaccine, according to a statement.
“There is real concern about the spread of COVID in classrooms over the next few weeks,” McCandless said. “Organizing a big event when the numbers are increasing is too risky for our students. We respect the significant increase in COVID-19 cases. Combined with the hostile political environment around the decision to demand masks in School District 2, postponing the event was the best possible choice. “
However, fundraising for our schools is still possible thanks to the Foundation’s SUV raffle. More information is available at www.suvraffle4education.com.
“Our hope is to hold Saturday Live at a later date once current conditions return to a more normal and manageable range. More information will be shared once details are finalized, ”McCandless said.
Details on the Fun Run, which typically takes place in tandem with Saturday Live, will be released in the near future as the Foundation finalizes the safest way to run the smaller event.