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There will be no winter sports at WJCC

The winter sports season for the 2020-2021 school year at Williamsburg-James City Public Schools is cancelled, yet another impact of the coronavirus.

District officials said “the decision comes after careful consideration by the superintendent in collaboration with high school principals, athletic directors and central office leaders.”

The cancellation impacts only winter sports at all middle and high schools, according to a news release from the district.

High school conditioning for fall sports is temporarily suspended and will resume Jan. 11.

Spring sports conditioning at high schools will begin January 18.

“The COVID numbers keep climbing, and we will not place students in a situation where their health and safety are at risk,” said WJCC Schools Superintendent Olwen E. Herron in a prepared statement. “Travelling between localities and schools for games, you amplify potential exposure for students. You hope everyone is doing their part to socially distance, wear a mask, and make good choices, but there are no guarantees.”

WJCC Schools will continue to monitor health data along with guidance from the Virginia High School League with regard to other VHSL activities such as debate, forensics, scholastic bowl, and one-act plays, officials said.

If changes to these activity schedules or plans for the fall and spring sports season are necessary, the school division will communicate with students and families using the WJCC Schools rapid notification system.


John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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