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DPS Board of Education votes to resume additional high school athletics

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The Durham Public Schools Board of Education voted 4 to 3 during Thursday night’s work session to reconsider their previous vote and authorized the beginning of practice and conditioning for several sports.

The board approved the beginning of practice for basketball and cheerleading and will allow conditioning to begin for men's soccer, men's and women's lacrosse, and football.

The phased schedule for reopening would be as follows:

Sport

Phase I

(Up to 2 days)

Phase II/III

(Up to 5 days)

Season Start Date First Day of Practice

First Contest

Basketball

N/A

N/A

Dec. 14

Jan. 4

Cheerleading

N/A

N/A

Dec. 14

Jan. 4

Soccer (M)

Dec. 14

Dec. 21

Jan. 11

Jan. 25

Lacrosse (M&W)

Dec. 14

Dec. 21

Jan. 11

Jan. 25

Football

Dec. 14

Jan. 25

Feb. 8

Feb. 26

This decision comes after the North Carolina High School Athletic Association authorized the return to athletics competition under carefully controlled circumstances. With input from athletic directors, coaches, and principals, the DPS Athletics Comprehensive Re-Opening Plan was developed to provide a safe and healthy environment for student-athletes while pursuing their academic goals at home.

The plan accounts for the possibility of a COVID-19 resurgence and for risks of overtraining and injury due to a rapid return to play. All state and local restrictions and guidelines will be followed, and safety measures will be taken including wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) being worn, reducing transportation capacity, participating in daily health screenings, frequent cleaning, and disinfecting of equipment and spaces, and reduced capacity of facilities. Locker rooms will be closed in the early phases and training rooms are closed until further notice. The plan restricts non-conference games to border counties.

During the beginning phases, no fans will be allowed at indoor or outdoor events. If and when fans are allowed to attend events, tickets will be distributed online and in person, there will be separate entries and exits, six-foot social distancing markers will be placed in spectator seating areas and at entries, and masks will be required.