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VHSL to continue fall sports discussions today

SoVaNow.com / June 25, 2020
The VHSL will be holding a called executive committee meeting Thursday (today) to hold in-depth talks on how sports and academic activities should move forward with the new school calendar year fast approaching.

It was just in recent days that out-of-season practice guidelines for a return to sports was issued. On Friday an additional set of guidelines were distributed that spoke to some of the challenges that a return to sports would face, and strategies on how to provide a safe environment for student-athletes in light of COVID-19.

“The VHSL Executive Committee will meet in special session Thursday, June 25 to discuss the reopening of schools under the Governor’s “Return to School” plan and those options relating to fall sports and academic activities. The meeting will also include budget issues. The executive committee cannot create and release a working fall schedule and calendar for sports and activities until further guidelines are released,” the release stated.

John W. “Billy” Haun, VHSL’s executive director said though the organization was using Governor Ralph Notham’s “Return to School Plan”, that plan in itself did not provide specifics of how sports and extracurricular activities should proceed.

“It’s important to note that if nothing changes between today and Thursday, definitive answers on Fall sports will be determined later. The Governor’s “Return to School Plan” outlines an action plan for Phase I, II, and III but has no specific guidelines for athletics and extracurricular activities,” Haun said. “The executive committee will discuss at length the challenges, including health, safety, and financial considerations, that would have to be resolved before implementing any schedule options for a fall sports season.”

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