Virginia Beach will cancel winter sports if COVID-19 metrics don’t drop by Tuesday – Virginian-Pilot

Virginia Beach City Public Schools will decide Tuesday whether to cancel the winter sports season.
During its school board meeting on Tuesday, the division announced a “Go, No Go deadline.” If the district is in the red/red zone according to its Fall 2020 Plan, then the division will cancel the winter sports season. Red/red means the positivity rate is above 10% per 100,000 cases for the past week and there are more than 265 or more cases per day.
“During this week’s school board meeting, VBCPS announced that if either the percent positivity or seven-day daily average of cases does not return to the yellow range by Dec. 22, the high school winter sports season will be canceled,” Sondra Woodward, VBCPS public relations coordinator, said in an email. “This is due to VHSL requirements of practice dates, minimum competitions to qualify for postseason play, and dates of season. Another consideration for this decision is the fact that we have not even had tryouts yet, which are three days per VBCPS policy.”
Woodward said if either of the metrics drop into the yellow range, the division will monitor both metrics over winter break and determine whether the high school winter sports can begin Jan. 4.
According to the VHSL, all teams need at least eight practices before starting the season. If winter sports began Jan. 4, the first games could occur later the next week and leave roughly 2½ weeks before the start of the region playoffs.
If Virginia Beach decides to cancel winter sports, it would be the second Hampton Roads division to cancel. Williamsburg-James City County canceled winter sports last month. As of Thursday morning, 22 school divisions and 38 schools in Virginia had canceled winter sports.


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