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NASHVILLE — Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools announced last week that the system will keep its athletic programs in what’s known as a dead period until July 6 to allow administrators and coaches to develop a plan to safely restart the school system’s sports programs.
“Nash County has a team reviewing the guidelines from the NCHSAA and working on a district-wide plan to prepare for the safe return to participation of our student-athletes and coaches. The district-wide plan will include guidelines and procedures to ensure the health and safety of all participants,” school officials said in the announcement.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association announced prior to the local release that it was ending the statewide dead period for its members June 15, and provided guidelines for reopening. The decision ultimately allows local school systems to determine for themselves how they will proceed with reopening.
The NCHSAA did leave the typical dead period for the week of July 4 in place, a dead period that would start on June 28 and end on July 5. Many area schools systems immediately announced that they’d wait until the end of the July 4 holiday dead period and scheduled a restart for athletics on July 6 for reasons similar to those of the Nash-Rocky Mount district. Athletics will restart under the district’s new name, Nash County Public Schools.
There have been no school sports in North Carolina since March 13 due to the statewide shutdown to slow the spread of COVID-19.