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Rockdale, Clayton put sports on hold
Superintendents in Rockdale and Clayton counties put football on hold Friday because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rockdale County’s Terry Oatts postponed all fall sports until the next semester, meaning Heritage, Salem and Rockdale County won’t play their 2020 fall schedules. But he emphasized that sports aren’t canceled.
“This is not a cancellation, but a responsible postponement of our fall sports season until second semester when we expect our public health data to reflect a more favorable climate for interscholastic athletic competition,” Oatts said.
It’s unclear what kind of sports could be played in the second semester if the GHSA proceeds with its season as planned, with opening games scheduled the week of Sept. 4, unless other school districts join Rockdale County’s.
Later Friday, Clayton County superintendent Morcease J. Beasley suspended all sports for his 10 high schools for two weeks and speculated that his district wouldn’t be the last.
“COVID-19 shutdowns of different athletic programs statewide are more than likely to occur given the recent rise in cases and have to be taken into account as we plan for the coming months,” he said.
Clayton County’s high schools that field sports teams are Drew, Elite Scholars Academy, Forest Park, Jonesboro, Lovejoy, Morrow, Mount Zion, Mundy’s Mill, North Clayton and Riverdale.
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