Unanimous support for all fall sports return to play from MPA
The Maine Principal’s Association Interscholastic Management Committee met this afternoon and unanimously approved the guidelines from the MPA Sports Medicine Committee for all fall sports to return to play starting September 8th.
“This is a framework for what we feel is a safe return to these activities. This is still a local decision,” says MPA Executive Director Mike Burnham, “Local school administrators will ultimately have the opportunity to decide if they want to sponsor all, or any, and when it will start. I think we have developed a set of standard and guidelines keeping the health and safety as well as the social and mental well being of kids in mind.”
“The easier decision would have been to say no,” says MPA Sports Medicine Committee’s Dr. William Heinz, “Saying yes is very tough.”
“We continue to work closely with the governor’s office, DHHS, community economic development committee,” says Burnham, “We have asked them for their feedback. Please understand this is a working document. That we think it is important to have input from all of those state agencies.”
The Orono and Gardiner Area school districts have elected to have all fall sports. We will keep you updated as we find out about different districts.
Some of the major points of interest are the MPA will only allow 100 people at events per guidelines.
The MPA stated they will allow hybrid learning schools to participate in sports.
The first official day allowed to hold practice is September 8th. It is not required to start that day.
The state is reviewing guidelines and other school government boards will also have a say if kids get back on the fields or not.
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