Maryland moves high school football to 2021

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Maryland becomes the seventh state to move the 2020 high school football season to next year.

Monday, the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association approved a “hybrid two semester” plan that will be announced in the near future.

The other states that have moved high school football to next year are: California, Illinois, Nevada, New Mexico, Virginia and Washington.

MPSSAA News Release

The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) in consultation with the Maryland State Superintendent of Schools, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), and the Public School Superintendent Association of Maryland  (PSSAM) has decided to postpone the 2020 high school fall and winter competition season during the first semester.  This decision comes in light of the recent announcements of local school systems to begin education virtually and provides each school system with options for the gradual increase of student engagement for the physical and social-emotional health of students.  

With this announcement, local school systems will be able to use MPSSAA waiver regulations as approved by the Maryland State Board of Education on June 23, 2020 for student engagement during the first semester.  The MPSSAA, the MDH, and the PSSAM will continue to collaborate on finalizing a hybrid two-semester plan focused on student engagement options in the first semester and modified competition seasons for all sports during the second semester.  Details of the hybrid two-semester plan will be available in the coming weeks prior to the start of the 2020-2021 academic year.  

The health and safety of student participants, coaches, and officials is a primary concern for the return of interscholastic athletics and activities.  The MPSSAA, the PSSAM, and the Maryland State Department of Education collectively share a commitment for the return of these highly beneficial educational programs when it is deemed safe for all school communities.  

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