Fall sports are again at ACPS beginning subsequent week.
Superintendent Gregory Hutchings made the announcement official at a Faculty Board assembly final Thursday, however mentioned that college students and fogeys shouldn’t anticipate it to seem like it used to.
“Fall season of athletics will start on February 15, simply so that everyone is conscious,” Hutchings mentioned. “We will probably be following CDC pointers, so it received’t look precisely the identical because it used to.”
Fall sports activities beginning Monday, Feb. 15, embody:
- Cross nation
- Area hockey
Hutchings clarified later that precautions embody masks and limiting spectators at sporting occasions after Faculty Board member Margaret Lorber expressed issues about leaping into reopening with an exercise that requires bodily contact and college students respiratory on one another.
“College students must put on masks always for the sports activities being performed, it’s not optionally available,” Hutchings mentioned, “and we’re not going to have the ability to have spectators at the entire occasions.”
Hutchings mentioned subsequent week will mark the start of the autumn sports activities season after ACPS canceled plans for winter sports activities in November.
“We withdrew from collaborating in winter sports activities, which I nonetheless stand behind, however as you noticed with group well being metrics now we’re not on the highest danger degree,” Hutchings mentioned. “We by no means supposed to not be part of the autumn sports activities season.”
Training begins as ACPS begins phasing college students into in-person lessons, beginning with Ok-5 particular teaching programs and English learner packages in early March. Hutchings mentioned initially, solely college students whose households chosen the hybrid choice on a survey despatched to oldsters will attend faculty in-person. All through March, ACPS will start to transition the remainder of the hybrid college students into the colleges in phases.
The T.C. Williams Excessive Faculty Soccer Boosters expressed enthusiasm in regards to the deliberate opening on Facebook.
“For those who haven’t heard the soccer season is on!” the group mentioned. “Observe begins Monday after which a shortened 8 sport season will start Monday night time February 22.”