Middle School Sports Update
Posted on 12/08/2020
basketball on the gym floor




December 
9, 2020



Dear Middle School Parents/Guardians:

Our priority in Roanoke City Public Schools is always the health and safety of our students.  Out of an  abundance of caution, the decision has been made by Roanoke City Public Schools to postpone middle school athletics. The decision is necessary due to COVID-19 levels in our City and the health and safety protocols required during practices and competitions. To comply with the COVID-19 mitigation strategies and guidelines, additional staffing and space are required. The additional restriction of limiting spectators to 25 also means that Roanoke City Schools cannot effectively and successfully support a middle school athletic schedule at this time.   

Our goal however, is to implement school-based athletic programs at each middle school beginning in February, pending decreases of COVID-19 cases in our area to the moderate (yellow) or lower (light green) transmission stage per the CDC Dynamic School Decision Maker criteria.  Each sports program will have a three-week period to hold drills, practices and workouts at their respective schools. There will be no competitions between the middle schools for the 2020-21 school year.  The tentative schedule for school-based athletic programs is below: 

Date (3 weeks)Indoor/Gym-Outdoor 

  • Feb. 1 – Feb. 19 Volleyball Cross Country/Track 
  • Feb. 22 – Mar. 12 Girls Basketball/Boys Soccer 
  • Mar. 15 – Apr. 1 Wrestling/Girls Soccer 
  • Apr. 12 – Apr. 30 Boys Basketball/Softball 
  • May 3 – May 21 Tennis/Baseball 

A decision on the football program will be made at a later date; however, the tentative schedule for the middle school football program is February 4 through April 1, 2021.   The proposed schedule will allow middle school football to continue to be played under the umbrella of the high school football program at each high school.   Again, this is contingent on COVID-19 numbers and if all health mitigations and guidelines can be appropriately maintained.  The high school athletic directors and head football coaches will be actively involved in the decision-making process.  Eighth graders will be allowed to participate on their respectively-zoned high school junior varsity teams. 

I know middle school sports are important to you and your student.  Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work together during these challenging times.   

Sincerely, 

 

Verletta B. White
Superintendent

40 Douglass Avenue NW, Roanoke, VA24012 Phone 540-853-2502