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Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools to resume high school athletics July 6

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

High school athletic teams in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools will be allowed to return to campus for voluntary workouts beginning July 6. Summer workouts will initially be allowed for fall sports only.


WS/FCS will use the next few weeks to ensure each high school has the necessary supplies and equipment needed to provide safe and clean facilities. All athletic personnel will also be trained to follow guidelines set forth by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association and local health officials.

All student athletes who have a valid pre-participation physical examination on or after March 1, 2019, will be granted a temporary one-year extension through the end of the 2020-21 academic year. If a student does not have a valid physical on or after March 1, 2019, he/she will need an updated physical examination prior to participating in any workouts.

Additionally, the NCHSAA has eliminated the second dead period week of July 20-26. Schools and coaches are reminded, per NCHSAA policy, participation in summer activities must be voluntary and cannot be required or as a prerequisite for making a team. Schools will respect all family vacations that were already planned for this dead period week.

Please note that the July 6 date is subject to change if state and local directives deem it necessary. A decision on start dates for winter, spring and middle school sports has not been made.

WS/FCS athletics is one of the many areas the district’s “back to school” committees are focused on as they make critical decisions about how students will return safely to school next year.