On Thursday, Governor Larry Hogan and Superintendent Karen Salmon concluded their evaluation on the COVID crisis in respective counties all over the state, deciding that it would be safe for Fall sports to resume on October 7th. Although, the majority if not all the public schools are not open for students to come on schools’ grounds. Hence, Montgomery County Public Schools announced that they will decline Hogan and Salmon’s offer because they believe it is still unsafe for students to be gathering on campus, even if it is outside.
A coach at a Montgomery County Public School with 25 years of experience reacted to this announcement.
“Kids are not in the school, so they’re not there for practice. They would need to be transported there, and you can say that the same thing is true for youth sports but that generally occurs in evenings and on the weekends,” Schuessler said. “I think that there’s a lot of challenges for some sports that need to be both inside and outside at different times using locker rooms and whatnot. It would be very challenging to run high school sports” (Satterfield).
“I would just say we’re gonna put safety first and foremost for our players, for our families, for our referees, for our staff, for our volunteers” (Satterfield).
On the other hand, the majority of other counties in Maryland, including Anne Arundel County, plan to have students be a part of Fall sports.