Schools given green light to practice must come up with safety plans first


CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — There hasn’t been any high school sports since mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic. But Monday marked the first day high schools can begin out-of-season practices, marking the first step toward a return to competition.

Players, however, aren’t rushing to the field just yet.

Schools have to submit health plans to the Virginia Department of Education to ensure they’re complying with the governor’s guidelines for reopening.

For Christiansburg head football coach Alex Wilkens, that means taking the training outdoors, dividing his team into small groups, observing social distancing and getting creative with drills on the field. All while limiting contact.

And after an entire spring season spent apart, teams are eager to make up for lost time.

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