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Madison School District will not hold winter sports

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Just days after the Madison Metropolitan School District announced that it will continue to hold class virtually, officials now say the district will not hold winter sports.

MMSD athletic director Jeremy Schlitz laid out the district's plans in a letter to the MMSD athletics community Friday morning.

According to Schlitz, MMSD won't offer WIAA winter sport in-person coaching, practices, or competitions as long as the district is in a virtual school model.

He said virtual training exercises will be shared for student athletes, and individual training or workouts will be shared for asynchronous training or scheduled on a virtual platform.

Additionally, the district won't begin in-person contact for alternate season fall sports until in-person instruction resumes at the high school level.

Schlitz wrote that they will continue to provide resources for virtual platforms and best practices, and hopes the resources will also support planning for a return to in-person athletics when it is safe to do so.

"We appreciate how these difficult decisions impact students in different ways. Athletics are a vital component of the community and its connectivity, while also serving as an extension of the classroom. We also understand families and coaches want what is best for our student-athletes and programs, and we share in their desire to eventually return our athletics to an in-person model."

Jeremy Schlitz, MMSD Athletic Director

MMSD has been learning virtually throughout the school year, and announced last week that students will return on January 25 in a continued virtual format.

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