Good evening SVHS Family,
As promised, see linked update from MCPS Athletics.
SV Community, as director of Athletics for Seneca Valley, I share in your sadness and frustration in the cancellation of these seasons. I know that many of you have questions, and I can assure you that I am working directly with the office of Athletics, our Principal Dr. Marc Cohen as well as other Athletic Directors in the county to provide answers as efficiently and thoroughly as possible.
It is important for you all to know that I am available via email with any specific questions, concerns, or even an ear to listen to your frustrations. The Seneca Valley Coaches will continue to work with our student athletes in a manner that adheres to current Local, state and Federal guidelines, to do our best to showcase the wonderful student athletes we have at our school.
Our coaches are also available for our student athletes, and we encourage them to reach out via email if anything is needed. We are a #svproud family and will work together to get through this.
As an aside- I think more than ever before, it is important to come together as a community and show our school spirit and pride. We will not allow a pandemic to break our passion for our school, our athletic programs and just as important our SVHS community. You will see in the coming days- a push to share your #svproud pride via social media, and it is my hope that, like last year, we will flood all social media outlets with green and gold.
Once again, please look for any new updates, as they will be provided to you as I receive them. Through this, I will continue to be fully dedicated to our student athletes, parent/guardians and SV Community.
I look forward to continuing to work with you and eventually returning our brand new facility that will have no equal within the state of Maryland.
Please have a safe evening.
Below is the script of the press release from Dr. Sullivan- head of athletics in Montgomery County.
MCPS Sports Community,
Today, July 21, 2020, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), after careful review and consultation with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, announced the cancellation of the fall and winter sport seasons during the 2020–2021 school year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, these two seasons will not occur as they have traditionally been conducted. For MCPS, this includes all varsity and junior varsity sports at the high school level, along with our middle school athletics program.
While we are deeply saddened by the cancellation of interscholastic athletics during this time, we know that the number one priority for everyone is the health and safety of our students and staff. In this regard, we appreciate the ongoing efforts of student-athletes, coaches, athletics specialists, athletic coordinators, and all stakeholders across our program to embrace and champion physical distancing and safe practices. We are inspired by your acts of generosity, kindness, and compassion and continue to be inspired by your messages of hope.
The MCPS athletics program is committed to supporting and reimagining the experience for student-athletes during these unprecedented times. More information will be provided, as it becomes available from MCPS and the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association. We will continue our efforts moving forward to be champions of health and safety in our schools and communities, while strategically and safely preparing a return to in-person operations.
In closing, I want to recognize the resiliency of our student-athletes, who we strive to serve each and every day and who inspire us all. Even so, our student-athletes will benefit from your understanding, guidance and compassion in the coming days and weeks. When the time comes for us to return to action, we will do what we do best–provide meaningful opportunities for our student-athletes to excel and bring our communities together. Until then, we will do whatever we can to assist with promoting health and safety across MCPS, Montgomery County and the state. We wish all the best to you and yours. Together #WeRAISE.