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Protests In Lafayette; Acalanes Students Demand "Let Them Play"

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Students at Acalanes High School in Lafayette joined a Bay Area movement on Friday when they took to the streets outside their high school, held up homemade signs, and demanded that the school “Let Them Play.” The protests were intended to urge local schools to allow sports teams to continue playing games during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Many of the students wore sports jerseys and the blue and white colors of the school. They were joined by several adults, who appeared to be supervising the activities. The students stood on the sidewalk in front of the school, as well as in the bike lanes beside Pleasant Hill Road. Many carried signs reading “Let Them Play”, or expressing their own feelings regarding the lack of sports. One student carried a sign indicating that he and his peers were bored and depressed without athletics during the pandemic.

Let Them Play rallies were held throughout the Bay Area in a coordinated effort organized largely on Facebook. The initiative urges a return to athletics, advocating for sports’ ability to build community during the pandemic, and to allow students to access future scholarships and other opportunities. Sports at many schools are closed currently due to public health orders. Other rallies were held at San Ramon and at other Bay Area schools.

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