In a move that many thought would happen sooner, the Hoosac Valley Regional School District has suspended fall interscholastic athletic activities.

According to a report on iBerkshires.com, in a press release sent out by the school district on Monday, the administration announced that it has decided to suspend fall interscholastic athletics.

The press release stated, "The suspension of interscholastic athletic activities was a difficult decision, but it was made in the best interest of all our students. We want to be clear that the decision was made based on our remote academic schedule and phased-in approach to the start of the 2020-2021 school year."

The decision was made on September 14 after several meetings with colleagues associated with educational athletics, including the Berkshire County Athletic Directors' Association, Massachusetts Department of Secondary Education, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, Berkshire County Principals and Berkshire County Superintendents' roundtables.

In those meetings, stakeholders discussed various guidelines, format recommendations, and the desire to be fair and equitable all while making safety the top priority during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The district did approve a conditioning and practice schedule to keep kids engaged in physical movement and provide a sense of "Hurricane Pride and community."

Community-based youth sports and travel programs are operating and any resident in the Adams, Cheshire, and Savoy communities is welcome to participate in those outside leagues (which are not affiliated with HVRSD).

For more on the story, including when winter sports(as of now) will begin and the conditioning/practice schedule, check out the full report at iBerkshires.com.

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