Virginia High School League officials are preparing for a plan to restart athletics and academic activities when Gov. Ralph Northam announces the path for reopening schools in the commonwealth.

VHSL staff along with the VHSL Sports Medicine Advisory Committee will review the governor’s guidelines and develop a plan for reopening athletics, according to a statement released Friday.

“We will take that plan and align it with the work our SMAC committee has done, share those for approval with our executive committee then provide those guidelines to school divisions as they develop their own plan for reopening athletics,” VHSL Executive Director Dr. John W. “Billy” Haun said.

Phase Two of Virginia’s reopening plan officially began for most of the state on Friday. Phase Two still has many restrictions in place to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, and with Phase Three looming in the next few weeks there could be announcements made from the governor’s office about the next move for high school sports in Virginia. 

“We know people are anxious and want to know when athletic activities will begin. I want to assure everyone that we will move as quickly as possible to put a plan in place,” Haun said.

The VHSL Executive Committee is set to meet again on June 25 to discuss fall sports. 

The plans expected soon from the governor combined with the National Federation of State High School Association’s recently released guidelines will provide plenty of  guidance for the VHSL, officials noted in the statement.

Johnathan Kirland is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him Follow him on Twitter @JohnathanK_GV