The Virginia High School League’s executive committee is scheduled to host a special-called meeting on Wednesday to discuss the fall sports season.
As Virginia schools prepare for some fashion of reopening, the league is wrestling with a decision surrounding fall sports.
While the league has held several meetings in recent months, there have been no concrete decisions made. In the most recent meeting in June, VHSL Executive Director Billy Haun said there was a possibility of moving the fall sports season to the spring and they had a plan if it came down to having to move fall sports.
That decision along with many others that have been up in the air since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down schools in March and canceled the spring sports will be discussed Wednesday.
Many school districts around the commonwealth are working on finalizing plans to return to school in the late summer/early fall and trying to juggle in-person and online education by getting feedback from parents in their districts. Many of the districts have yet to finalize those plans for the 2020-21 school year.
The VHSL has allowed out-of-season practices and released guidelines for those practices to take place, but many of the schools in the state — Halifax included — have not finished drawing up guidelines for the school specific return to practice.
When the VHSL informed school officials they could return to practice, they also instructed education leaders to draw up their own guidelines and send those to the Virginia Department of Education to be approved before practices begin.