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Bladen County Schools Postpone Athletes’ Physical Conditioning and Athletic Practices

Bladen County Schools has taken considerable time to determine how our student-athletes will participate in physical conditioning and athletic practices for the upcoming seasons.  Our hope was to use executive orders issued by the Governor of North Carolina to clearly define the steps and actions we would take.  However, the decision to determine school operations for the fall has been postponed for at least another couple weeks, according to the Governor’s Office.

As a result, the decision has been made to postpone any physical conditioning and athletic practices until the Governor outlines the functioning of schools for the 2020-21 school year.  Our District Athletic personnel, along with the high school principals and athletic directors, have outlined criteria for both physical conditioning and athletic practices.  These criteria have been written in accordance with directives by the NCHSAA and CDC guidelines.  While the plans outline the details for participation, ultimately, participation by both coaches and athletes is optional. 

We hope to issue a statement on the status of our athletic participation once the Governor has determined the status of schools, and we look for this to happen by July 20th.  We will keep you apprised of changes with the athletic program as they occur.  We encourage each student-athlete to reach out to their coaches and discuss the measures they can take to stay physically fit during this period, and as always, we encourage all students to stay safe and make any decisions regarding their well being according to CDC guidance.

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