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A Middle Georgia high school has elected not to play football this season because of the novel coronavirus.
Twiggs County High School, a Class A public school about 30 minutes southeast of Macon, will allow no extracurricular activities this fall, according to Todd Holcomb of Georgia High School Football Daily and the AJC.
The school board announced that its school system would begin on Aug. 17 in a virtual-only platform.
According to Holcomb, Twiggs County principal Jamal Harris said Thursday: “Football was included in the no extracurricular activities. It was a hard decision and we didn’ want to go that route, but in talking with the board of education, they voted that if the students are not going to school, they didn’t believe they should have extracurricular activities.”
Clarke County Schools elected last week to begin the year in a virtual-only setting after pushing the start of school until Sept. 8.
Oconee County Schools, however, plans to proceed on Monday with its first day of in-person classes.
The GHSA last week delayed the opening of the football season by two weeks, pushing the season openers of all Athens-area teams to at least Sept. 4.