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.
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