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A Plan for Athletics & Marching Band

At its meeting on August 10, the Great Valley Board of School Directors approved a Return to Regular Season Participation Plan to allow the transition back into regular season athletics and marching band.  

On August 6, Governor Wolf “strongly recommended” schools postpone athletics until January 1. His recommendation applies to team and individual, school and non-school recreational youth sports; includes competitions, intramural play and scrimmages; stipulates that conditioning, drills and other training activities on an individual basis may continue; and does not apply to collegiate and professional sports.

Superintendent Daniel Goffredo noted that the Governor’s press release included only a recommendation. He said that the District is in the process of gathering more information related to the recommendation. The PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association) is hoping to meet with the Governor to discuss.

The Great Valley Athletic Department has been working during this unprecedented time to monitor the health and safety of students and will continue to do so. Student athletes and members of marching band have been participating in voluntary off-season practice over the summer. The current off-season workouts will continue until September 4, during which time all workouts will be voluntary and there will be no cuts or tryouts for student participants. All activity is at a six-foot distance. The District continues to require that all staff and student participants take the COVID-19 awareness training before participation, and complete a questionnaire every time they participate. The questionnaire solicits health information, assesses contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, and asks if the participant has traveled to a state on the current quarantine list.  

The Return to Regular Season Participation Plan says that regular season practice may begin on Tuesday, September 8. Essentially, the August schedule would shift into September with regular season competitions beginning on September 26. The Great Valley Board of School Directors may reevaluate the plan at any time, as they deem necessary for the safety and health of the school community.

“As we move closer to September, we can reevaluate to see if we are comfortable moving forward,” said Athletic Director Michael Semar. “As is, we would see a shorter season, but students would still get an opportunity to apply their skills and practice to compete. Our primary goal has been and will remain focused on the health and safety of our students and staff.”