HCPS: ‘Highly unlikely that HCPS will play winter sports’

Published: Nov. 24, 2020 at 5:24 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 24, 2020 at 7:42 PM EST
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — Harrisonburg City Public Schools announced on its website Tuesday that it is “highly unlikely that HCPS will play winter sports.”

Although nothing is certain yet and no official decision has been made, the school district says it continues to listen to guidance from the Central Shenandoah Health District, which is strongly advising all school divisions within the region to cancel the winter athletics season, according to the school district’s website.

Typical winter sports include basketball, wrestling, gymnastics, indoor track, swimming, diving, and sideline cheerleading.

“We hold out hope that, should COVID-19 trends improve in December and January, we may be able to salvage at least part of the season, which starts December 21,” Harrisonburg City Public Schools’ website says. “However, we feel it is important to give our athletes, families, and staff some measure of certainty as they plan the next months... The health and safety of our students, staff, and community must remain our top priority and we are committed to following the advice provided to us by public health officials.”

School officials said they were disappointed with the news but planned on this happening back when VHSL approved the calendar for the season.

“This is something that’s been possible all along,” Brandon Burley, athletic director of HHS, said. “You know COVID’s a fluid situation all the time and we know things change quickly. This is just one of those things that you know unfortunately had to happen.”

You can read the full statement from the school division here.

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