I wanted to follow up the communication from MCPS with a letter from Dr. Sullivan.
A few highlights:
- Due to these decisions- Winter Sports has been cancelled for 2020-2021 school year
- Take note below what options are being presented for our winter sports
- We are still planning on moving forward with Fall sports if the health metrics allow for in-person learning on February 1st.
I know that this is not the news many of us were hoping for, and I understand the impact that this has on our student athletes, but also on you as coaches and parents as well.
Please know that my office is here to support you and to answer any questions you may have.
As always, I will continue to keep you posted as new information is presented.
Thank you for all that you do for our student athletes!
Walter Johnson HS
As you are likely aware, at yesterday’s meeting, the Board of Education delayed the return of students from January 12 to February 1, 2021. This delay unfortunately necessitates the cancellation of the winter competition season and other adjustments to our operations, which are no doubt devastating for our student-athletes, coaches, and our program as a whole. As part of a systemwide community message that will be released around lunch today, the attached announcement will be included, which communicates this information.
We know there will still be questions moving forward, as we will strive to return to in-person activities and engagement. We will continue to work collaboratively to answer these questions and create the greatest possible experience for our student-athletes. Some major points:
- The spring virtual season will continue, as scheduled.
- The winter competition season is canceled, as included in the statement.
- Regarding basketball, wrestling, and swimming & diving, we do not know what the future holds, but will explore engagement opportunities per MPSSAA waivers and regulations. We will need to see how things play out in the coming weeks and months. It should be noted that, in addition to the calendar constraints, the high-risk levels for basketball and wrestling, and facility availability for swim/dive continue to be significant challenges. We will work collaboratively to explore opportunities moving forward, with particular attention on our seniors.
- No final decisions have been made regarding winter stipends, as well as the team handball stipend. We will continue to maximize and reimagine experiences for student-athletes and provide opportunities for staff to support this charge.
- We are focusing our efforts on the fall season and getting things started. This allows for a large majority of activities to be conducted outside.
- The return of in-person activities will begin with high school athletics. More information regarding middle school operations will be designed and shared, as we know more about the metrics and timeline for return of students.
- The Board of Education meets again on January 12, 2021, so additional direction and updates will be provided at that time.
I know these decisions have significant impacts on our student-athletes, coaches, and you – as the key leaders in MCPS Athletics. I continue to be amazed by the resiliency, leadership, and innovative efforts of our collective group and look forward to working together to get our program up and running as soon as possible. Please let me know if you have any questions or feedback; we will continue to rely on the collective IQ of our group moving forward, in collaboration with the COVID-19 Task Force for MCPS Athletics.
Dr. Jeffrey K. Sullivan, CMAA
Director, Systemwide Athletics
Montgomery County Public Schools