Athletic workouts pushed back in Beaufort County schools

Earliest possible start date now set for August 10
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Updated: Jul. 13, 2020 at 6:40 PM EDT
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BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. (WTOC) - Athletic workouts have been pushed back again in Beaufort County schools.

The school district confirmed the earliest possible start date for workouts is now August 10, pushed back from July 20. The change follows the South Carolina High School League return to play guidelines.Those guidelines state districts can begin in-person workouts when in-person academic activity begins for the system.

Summer academic recovery camps that were postponed until at least July 20 will now be virtual, the school system tells WTOC. The district says the decision was made after a third consecutive week of COVID-19 metrics showing the state and county to be at high risk for infections.

That change also means the athletic workouts must be pushed back.

It also likely has a major impact on the start of the high school sports season. The first official date for fall sports practice is set for July 31. Competition in swimming and girls’ golf can begin August 17, just a week after Beaufort County’s new date to begin workouts. Week zero of the SCHSL football season is scheduled to begin August 21, eleven days after athletes could begin team workouts.

The high school league’s executive committee will meet virtually Wednesday afternoon. On the agenda is a review of the 2020-2021 sports seasons and a seasons proposal from Lexington County School District One.

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