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The Virginia High School League has released a detailed list of recommended guidelines for its member schools to consider in preparation for the reopening of sports and activities.

The VHSL Sports Medicine Advisory Committee worked in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Education to develop the guidelines.

"These VHSL guidelines are recommended for use as school divisions develop their own specific requirements for the Phase II COVID Mitigation Health Plans for Public Schools," VHSL Executive Director Dr. John W. “Billy” Haun said in a prepared statement.

"SMAC worked closely with VDH to ensure that these recommended guidelines will offer guidance to local school divisions and superintendents reopening plans," Haun continued. "Our SMAC committee of leading health experts has put together an invaluable tool to assist our school divisions in developing those plans."

Specific areas of focus in the guidelines include facilities cleaning, entrance/exit strategies, limitations on gatherings, pre-workout screenings, face coverings, hygiene practices, hydration/food, travel, locker rooms, athletic training rooms, weight rooms and use of athletic equipment.

The Sports Medicine Advisory Committee placed sports and activities into one of three categories -- lower infection risk, moderate infection risk and higher infection risk -- with Phase 2 individual skill development and workout plans for each.

For varsity sports scheduled for the fall season, cross country and golf are listed under lower infection risk, volleyball and field hockey are moderate infection risk, while football and competition cheerleading are higher infection risk.

The VHSL Executive Committee is scheduled to meet Thursday to further discuss the reopening of sports and activities.

Full document: VHSL Recommended Guidelines for Reopening Sports/Activities

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