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DHS, PHS Fall Sports Training Starts Aug. 24

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DHS, PHS Fall Sports Training Starts Aug. 24
Posted on 07/30/2020
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The Portland Public Schools is delaying the start of in-person sports conditioning, following a recent decision by the Maine Principals' Association (MPA) to move the start date for the fall sports season from August to September. Deering and Portland high schools will now start fall sports conditioning on Aug. 24 instead of Aug. 3.

The MPA has announced that it is shifting its start date for fall interscholastic activities from Aug. 17 to Sept. 8.  The MPA has also announced that, pending individual school unit approval, fall sports only may hold conditioning workouts between Aug. 17-Sept. 7. 

At a meeting of the Cumberland County Superintendents’ Association on July 29, the majority of school districts agreed to hold off on all team activities until August 24. Accordingly, DHS and PHS plan to begin their off-season conditioning on Aug. 24 for fall sports only. This would give Portland Public Schools’ fall sports teams two weeks of acclimatization and in-person conditioning from Aug. 24 to Sept. 7 before the new MPA fall start date of Sept. 8. Then 10 days of preseason would follow, with games potentially starting on Sept. 18.

The high schools will work within the school-reopening guidelines developed by the district and any updates forthcoming from the MPA, with the understanding that the most current available data and guidelines may alter the Aug. 24 target date. At all times, addressing the health and safety needs of any PPS participants during the COVID-19 pandemic – including students, staff, and other stakeholders – is the foremost consideration in the plan to resume in-person athletics.

For more information, contact Deering High School Athletic Director Michael Daly at dalym@portlandschools.org or Portland High School Athletic Director Rob O’Leary at olearr@portlandschools.org