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Board Approves Return of Fall Sports at 9/29 Meeting

October 1, 2020 

Late Tuesday evening, following revised guidance from the Central League issued September 14, our Board approved the return of official practices and competitive gameplay for our Fall student-athletes, following all health and safety guidelines provided by health authorities as well as in the district’s 2020-2021 Athletics Health and Safety Plan. 

To protect the health and safety of all RTSD students, the Board and administration is requiring student-athletes participating in sports identified as “Higher Risk” by The National Federation of State High School Associations’ Sports Medicine Advisory Committee to remain in our Fully Virtual option for the duration of the season and two weeks after the season is complete. The only sport that qualifies as "Higher Risk" for the Fall season is Football. Student-athletes participating in sports identified as “Lower Risk” or “Moderate Risk” can continue to attend the Hybrid (modified in-person) program, if desired. 

The below schedule outlines important dates for the return of the Fall sports season:

SPORT 

FIRST PRACTICE FOR RHS ATHLETES 

FIRST CONTEST 

LAST CONTEST 

 GOLF 

9/30 

10/2 

10/26 

 TENNIS 

9/30 

10/6 

10/31 

 CROSS COUNTRY 

9/30 

10/17 

11/7 

 FOOTBALL/CHEER 

10/5 

10/23 

11/28 

 SOCCER, FIELD HOCKEY, VOLLEYBALL 

9/30 

10/17 

11/21 


The plan approved by the Board and the administration follows the Central League’s plan:  

  • All staff, coaches, and athletes are to remain vigilant in monitoring their health 
  • All coaches, athletes, and officials/event workers are to wear face coverings in accordance with the most recent recommendations of the Department of Health Facial Coverings Order and PIAA guidance regarding face coverings 
  • Continuous collaboration with school nurses and athletic trainers on risk mitigation and educational strategies for student athletes 
  • Designing of procedures for before, during, and after contests that promote risk mitigation  
  • Prohibition of unnecessary physical contact, including hand shaking, fist bumps, and high-fives 
  • Cancellation of competitions in event of inclement weather to avoid need for congregating inside for lightning shelter 
  • Locker rooms unavailable for visiting teams 
  • Students, coaches and staff required to follow screening procedure outlined in the district’s Health and Safety plan  
  • Visiting athletes required to complete district screening survey 
  • Officials, event workers, members of the media and video production personnel required to complete district screening survey 

Just as we were excited to bring our students back into the building this week, we are equally excited to welcome our athletes back on the fields and courts. Our student-athletes have safely participated in more than 200 voluntary practices since July 1, all without incident, and each practice has included temperature checks, mandatory masking, social distancing wherever feasible, and other precautions.  

We thank these students, their families and our coaches for their patience and commitment during this time. We will need your ongoing support and cooperation for us to keep to the above schedule and give our athletes the opportunity of playing and competing safely with their peers in Radnor and our neighboring Central League teams. Information regarding 9th-grade sports will be forthcoming in the next week or so.

Thank you. Go Radnor! 

Sincerely, 

PT Kevgas 
Principal, Radnor High School 

Michael Friel 
Athletic Director Radnor High School