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Plans for Phased Return to High School Athletics and Performing Arts Announced

CCS Announces Plans for Phased Return to High School Athletic and Band Workouts 08/21/2020
Cabarrus County Schools today announced a phased return to high school skill development workouts for both Athletics and Fine Arts beginning Sept. 14, 2020.
The decision to begin a phased approach is the result of ongoing collaboration among CCS administration, high school athletic directors and high school principals. The re-entry timelines mirror the order of the seasons recently announced in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s (NCHSAA) revised sports calendar for the 2020-21 school year.  Planning for a revised Middle School Sports Calendar is under way and will be announced soon.
CCS’ implementation plan will comply with North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA) and NCHSAA guidelines for enhanced safety measures and procedures to protect the health of our students and staff.
 “We are pleased that the NCHSAA has now provided a revised sports calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Bryan Tyson, director of athletics for Cabarrus County Schools. “We can now plan for a safe and phased in re-entry to skill development workouts based upon the order in which seasons will now occur.”
Students’ return to workouts will be staggered, and not all coaches will choose to start on the first day of their re-entry timeline since many seasons have now been moved to the second semester. Specific and up-to-date information will be released closer to the September 14th start date for volleyball, cross country and swimming (land workouts).  
Currently, all N.C. public schools are operating under the NCHSAA Phase 2 restrictions and guidelines. It is important to note that this is a tentative re-entry plan that could be adjusted should the Governor, NCHSAA or state and/or local health agencies announce changes.
Two-Week Staggered Re-entry to Skill Development Workouts
Sept. 14
Volleyball, Cross Country, Swim (land workouts), Theatre Ensembles
Sept. 28
Basketball, (m) Soccer, Cheer
Oct. 12
Football, Band, Chorus
Oct. 26
(m/w) Golf, (w) Soccer, Softball, (m) Tennis
Nov. 9
Baseball, (w) Tennis, Wrestling
“Although this pandemic has caused a major disruption to many aspects of our lives, including athletics and fine arts, Cabarrus County Schools is fully committed to doing all that we can to safely provide the opportunities that our students deserve,” Tyson added.