CCSD, DD2 suspends summer athletic practices

CCSD, DD2 suspends summer athletic practices
Though team competition remains prohibited, some high school sports teams have received the all-clear to begin practicing again. (Source: Live 5 News)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Charleston County School District and Dorchester District Two have announced they are suspending summer athletic practices effective Thursday, July 2nd due to the continuing rise of COVID-19 cases in their areas.

CCSD says the move is not because of an increase in cases among student athletes but because of the increase in the community as a whole.

“This action is a response to the increase in COVID cases in Charleston County,” said CCSD Athletic Director Bob Olson. “We are very proud of the protocols that our high schools and coaches have put in place to keep our student athletes safe during the conditioning practices, but we are part of the larger community and felt this was a necessary response to help slow down the spread.”

The district says this move is the same as the suspension of in-person student summer academic enrichment programs until at least July 20th.

DD2 said that administrators from Ashley Ridge, Fort Dorchester and Summerville high schools cancelled out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of students and staff.

DD2 will evaluate the situation on July 16th to determine when workouts may resume.

Teams from the district were allowed to return to training earlier this month with guidelines from the SCHSL.

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