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Oct 10, 2013 3:29 PM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

CCISD Athletes Able to Return to Fields Soon

CORPUS CHRISTI - C.C.I.S.D. middle school football players will soon be playing at their home fields next month. The announcement was made during Thursday's "Coffee with the Superintendent" event. The students have been playing at Cabaniss Field since the fire ant attack that claimed the life of a Haas Middle School student.

C.C.I.S.D. Chief Administration Officer Roland Hernandez says, "Slowly but surely the teams have been returning back to the home schools."

For six weeks officials have been monitoring the fields and checking for piles of ants. Hernandez says, now students are making their way back to their home fields but only for practices.

"While we are scheduling the main stadiums for games on turf, the campus fields at their homes schools, all schools have continued to be monitored," he added.

Middle school fields were closed after Cameron Espinosa,13, died from a severe allergic reaction to fire ant bites during a football game. Hernandez says it's okay to hold practices on their fields because if someone spots ants, the athletes can be moved off the playing field.

"The monitoring are the maintenance crews, the campus coaches and even district level coordinators with athletics," Hernandez said.

During the meeting with the superintendent, parents had a chance to address concerns. One of them asked about changes regarding emergency crews on site at all games.

"We have at least one and sometimes two EMT's at all those games who carry their backpack with their supplies as well as our trainers," he added.

Epi-pens that are used to treat allergic reactions are also part of those packs. Superintendent Scott Elliff also told parents the district hired a third party to review the district's policies. Those results and findings of that review will be released Monday. Hernandez says despite all of the measures taken, the loss of a student still hits home.

"Our hearts still go out to the family and our prayers are with them," he said.

C.C.I.S.D. officials will continue checking all school properties and fields until they can clear them of mud, flooding and ants.

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