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Maryland High School Sports Can Return October 9

  • Anne Arundel County
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — School districts got the go-ahead to start fall sports yesterday. Governor Larry Hogan and State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Salmon announced the return during a visit to Frederick County Schools.

The announcement comes as the statewide positivity rate for COVID-19 dropped to a record low of 2.57% and the case rate fell to 8.1 per 100,000 residents.

Governor Hogan said all 24 school districts had submitted plans to resume in-person instruction and that resuming sports was an important part of of recovering from the COVID crisis. 

Individual school systems are permitted to start high school athletics beginning Wednesday, October 7. The decision was made after consulting the State Board of Education, local school superintendents, parents, and the director of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

So far, 11 school systems announced plans to bring students back to school campuses for sports. That list includes, Calvert and St. Mary's Counties. 

Practices must comply with face covering and other protocols established by health departments. 

The October 7 start date will allow seven weeks of competition for football, soccer, golf, volleyball, field hockey, and cross country. Practice will begin October 7 with the first competitions happening on October 27.  The season will end on December 12 with tournaments the following week.

School systems also have the option of delaying fall sports until the start of next year.   In addition to face coverings and social distancing guidelines, schools must follow all capacity and spectator limits set by the Maryland Department of Health.

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