GHSA gives latest update; Savannah-Chatham County Public School System delays the start of Fall Sports

The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System announced Wednesday during an informal board meeting that it would delay the start of fall sports while limiting games to intra-district play only.

The SCCPSS cross-country, softball and volleyball seasons will begin on Sept. 1 while its football programs will take the field on Oct. 1. The school system also made the decision that no cheerleading or bands would be allowed at the games.

Shortly after the SCCPSS announcement, Calhoun County joined Twiggs County and Stewart County as the third Class A-Public program to cancel its fall sports seasons. Additionally, as Cherokee County continues to deal with concerning upticks in cases, Etowah and Woodstock High School suspended activities until Aug. 31. Later Wednesday afternoon following the GHSA’s weekly meeting with its Medical Advisory Committee, the Association released an update regarding COVID and fall sports and what may occur in the coming days.

The memo stated:

    Our plan as of today is to move forward with the September 4 date for opening football season, as directed by the Board of Trustees.
    However, it is possible that the start date of September 4 could change based on COVID-19 data.
    As numbers dictate over the next two weeks, a decision will be forthcoming with regard to the football start date.
    The GHSA staff has contingency plans to cover all start and restart scenarios.
    Our goal continues to be to provide sports and activities for our students as soon as possible with safety being the top priority.
    There is always a possibility of postponement based on the data and advice from our medical professionals.

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