We hope this message finds you all well and safe as we continue navigating the ever-changing atmosphere of this pandemic! As we quickly approach the reopening of schools in Burlington School District, we understand there are still many questions and uncertainties that need answers.
On Friday, August 7, Governor Phil Scott announced that there will be a Fall sports season, and we were provided with guidelines from the Vermont Agency of Education and the Vermont Department of Health on Tuesday, August 11 that will determine how we will proceed.
Based on those guidelines, all schools will reopen on September 8 in Phase 2; tryouts and practices sanctioned by the Vermont Principals’ Association (VPA) will be allowable on that date. Our Athletic Department will mirror the BSD Hybrid Model at both the middle school and high school levels. We will also seek to mirror what other Chittenden County schools are doing in order to provide our students with the best opportunity to move into Phase 3 where competitions against opposing schools will be allowed. In the best case scenario, those competitions would begin on Monday, September 21.
As you will find in the return to sports guidance, masks are a requirement for practices and competitions for the foreseeable future. For those with preexisting medical conditions (i.e. asthma), detailed medical documentation from your child’s primary care physician (PCP) is required in order to gain an exemption. Please reach out to your child’s PCP as soon as possible to get in for an appointment for exemptions and for physicals.
The VPA has waived the ten-day practice rule that normally requires a student to participate in ten full practices prior to being allowed to participate in competition. It is the recommendation of the VPA that each school district to do the best they can to support students participating in as many practices as possible under the current restrictions due to the pandemic. In addition, the VPA is also allowing summer workouts to occur through the remainder of the summer, waiving the normal rule that requires teams to end summer workouts ten days prior to the start of preseason. The decision on summer workouts is at the discretion of each school district. Our administrators will make science-based, medically informed decisions that best suits our families in the BSD. For the remainder of any summer workouts, we would highly recommend that students wear masks during training to best prepare for how they will be required to play during the Fall.
We are excited to welcome our students back to school and back into the athletic arena! Please be sure to register your child(ren) on FormReleaf and check your emails for more athletics updates in the coming days as we begin formalizing plans specific to BSD and each Fall sports program.
Quaron “Q” Pinckney, District Coordinator – Head of Athletics
Jeff Hayes, HS Athletics Coordinator – BHS
Tara “TK” Willetts, MS Athletics Coordinator – Edmunds Middle School
Ryan Hayes, MS Athletics Coordinator – Hunt Middle School