TAMPA, Florida – Hillsborough County Public Schools have announced that they will postpone the start of autumn sports due to coronavirus concerns.
The announcement comes just a few hours after the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) – the governing body for preparatory sports in Sunshine State – voted for the start of soccer and volleyball on the original launch date on Monday, July 27.
Hillsborough County will postpone the start date by two weeksAccording to the district press release. Autumn sports in Hillsborough are starting now Monday August 24th instead of August 10th.
According to the district press release, athletes in Hillsborough County are allowed to continue conditioning exercises on the school grounds with increased security measures.
“I see how important athletics and extra-curricular activities are not only for athletes, but for the school communities as a whole. While resuming these activities is an important step towards normalcy at our locations, our district will do so cautiously as we manage the ongoing impact of this pandemic on our local community. This additional time will also allow school administrators to work with sports directors to create a schedule that will kick off on August 10, ”said Superintendent Addison Davis in a press release.
Davis also recommended that classes begin on August 24th. The county school board will vote on changes to the academic calendar during the Thursday session.