Citing the rising COVID-19 case incidence rate across the county and a recent spate of positive tests among participants in high school athletics programs, Superintendent George Arlotto announced today that all in-person athletics and extracurricular activities will be temporarily halted, effective immediately. The rate, which measures the average number of new cases per 100,000 county residents over a seven-day period, had risen to 21.3 as of yesterday.
The announcement brings an end to in-person offseason fall athletics practices. Offseason spring sports practices, which are scheduled to begin on Nov. 16, 2020, will start virtually. Registration for the spring sessions will continue as planned, and the status of practices will be updated on the AACPS Athletics website at least weekly throughout the three-week window from Nov. 16, 2020, through Dec. 5, 2020.
All other in-person extracurricular activities are also suspended until further notice, though virtual gatherings for both athletics and extracurricular activities can continue as scheduled. The start of the competitive winter sports athletic season, now scheduled for Dec. 7, 2020, will be further evaluated in the coming weeks.