Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (Video Still: Maryland Governor’s Office)
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announces the return of fall sports in public schools
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
The news broke Thursday afternoon.
During a visit to schools in Fredrick County, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that fall sports would return to Maryland’s public schools on October 7.
“Getting our kids back on the playing field and allowing youth sports to resume this fall is critical for the social and mental well-being of our students,” said Governor Hogan. “Now that all 24 jurisdictions have submitted plans to resume in-person instruction, allowing fall sports to begin next month marks another important step on our road to recovery.”
State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Salmon had a hand in making the announcement.
“High school sports and competition are deeply rooted in the fabric of our schools and communities,” said Dr. Salmon. “The steps taken today are directly related to the need of our students to be active and engaged for their physical, social, and emotional well-being. These programs have a history of providing opportunities for all students, and not just those with the economic capabilities, to participate.”
24 school systems have submitted plans to return to in-person learning this fall. As of Thursday afternoon, 11 school systems have announced a plan to return students to campus for athletic activities this fall. The announcement made it clear that school systems who choose not to return to fall sports on October 7 could stay on the path for playing the fall sports season in the spring of 2021.
In Virginia, the VHSL and VISAA, have elected to stay on track for playing fall sports in the spring. Those are the administrative bodies for public school and independent school athletics at the high school level in the state of Virginia.
There has been no indication that plans will change for in the commonwealth.
– Andy Hilton