The Virginia High School League’s executive committee is scheduled to meet in a special session Thursday to discuss the reopening of schools under the governor’s “Return to School” plan and options that relate to fall sports and academic activities.
Committee members are still awaiting further guidelines and stressed in a news release that until more specific guidelines are released, they cannot prepare a schedule or other specifics relating to athletics.
“It’s important to note that if nothing changes between today and Thursday, definitive answers on fall sports will be determined later,” said VHSL Executive Director Dr. John W. “Billy” Haun. “‘The Governor’s ‘Return to School Plan’ outlines an action plan for Phase One, Two and Three, but has no specific guidelines for athletics and extracurricular activities.
The committee is expected to talk about the many challenges including health, safety and financial considerations.
“At this point we have no idea when we will enter Phase Three,” said Haun. “It would not be reasonable to prepare a fall schedule for each sport and activity without knowing the parameters and possible restrictions.”
School leaders are in the process of developing their own individual guidelines for returning to practice from when the VHSL announced they could resume out-of-season practices almost two weeks ago.
Each school must submit their guidelines to the Virginia Department of Education and gain approval before they are able to begin practices.