Monroe-Woodbury athletics hits 'paws' after bear sighting on campus

This isn't something seen every day at school, although it's starting to feel that way at Monroe-Woodbury.

For the second straight day, a bear was spotted on the sprawling middle school and high school campus in Central Valley.

District leaders were first made aware Wednesday that a bear had been seen near the woods adjacent to the Monroe-Woodbury Middle School soccer field off Nininger Road. Consequently, all outdoor athletic events and practices at Monroe-Woodbury High School and the middle school were either moved indoors, canceled or postponed.

The school said league games will be made up next week.

High school football:Our staff gives its predictions for all Section 9 games this week

Who's No. 1?Our latest Section 9 high school football rankings

However, another bear sighting was reported Thursday morning. As a precaution, Monroe-Woodbury High School, Monroe-Woodbury Middle School and Central Valley students will remain indoors today for physical education and recess. The running track is closed for public use until further notice.

The district has contacted the environmental conservation police who will visit campus on Thursday to assess the situation.

Monroe-Woodbury superintendent Elsie Rodriguez said a decision about the two home outdoor athletic events scheduled Thursday will be made based on those findings, although heavy rains were in the forecast.

An update was provided on Thursday. Monroe-Woodbury will be playing their junior varsity football game Thursday on the turf field. Modified soccer is cancelled due to field conditions. There will be teams practicing outdoors.

Twitter: @MKramerTHR

This article originally appeared on Times Herald-Record: Monroe-Woodbury school sporting events postponed after bear sighting