“In accordance with the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association MPSSAA Roadmap to Recovery for Interscholastic Athletics, the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) established a Return to Play committee to assess opportunities for a return to athletic participation. This committee has connected regularly with the Howard County Health Department and MPSSAA to help guide our decision on whether athletics could safely be resumed this fall,” according to a news release. “MPSSAA or the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) have not yet announced any changes regarding the fall athletic season.”
School systems spokesperson Brian Bassett added, “It is important that families are able to plan ahead so this timeline adjustment will allow them to make decisions with the understanding that athletics are temporarily postponed until Sept. 8 with likely more guidance coming following decisions by the state.”
While a timeline for further updates were not announced, the protocols that have been in place for high schools athletics in the county throughout the summer will remain the same.
“At this time, coaches may continue engaging with student-athletes through virtual meeting sessions to provide conditioning routines and drills and promote health and well-being. The HCPSS Return to Play committee will continue planning for reopening to be ready for Sept. 8 or when the state and school system determine that it is safe to do so,” according to the release. “Registration will be closed temporarily and the community will receive notice when registration reopens. Decisions regarding extracurricular activities for all levels are also under consideration.”