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Impact on Monticello Athletics/Activities from Supt. Announcement - 12/9/20


Good morning, Monticello family.

Yesterday afternoon, you received communications from our Principal, Mr. Vrhovac, and Superintendent, Dr. Haas, announcing that Albemarle County Public Schools will temporarily switch to all-virtual instruction for students effective this Friday, Dec. 11 – lasting until Monday, Jan. 11. As a result, all in-person extra-curricular activities are cancelled from Dec. 11 through Jan. 10. This includes in-season and out-of-season practices.

All in-person tryouts and practices this week remain on as scheduled, through Thursday. As Jan. 11 approaches, coaches and I will communicate winter sports practice plans as well as plans for out-of-season workouts for fall and spring sports. In the meantime, coaches for all seasons may host ‘virtual’ workouts, share suggested activities with students, and ‘Check & Connect’. Activities that have been meeting and/or competing virtually, may continue virtually.

While this decision is understandably disappointing to the hundreds of student-athletes, coaches and athletic training staff whose efforts and attention to safety protocols since our return to workouts on Nov. 9 have been nothing short of tremendous, this decision was made in the interest of protecting the health and well-being of our students, staff and community.

Students interested in joining the Indoor Track & Field, Swim & Dive or Wrestling teams that will start on Jan. 11, or any fall or spring sport scheduled for later in the school year are encouraged to make sure you have a VHSL Physical Form and COVID-19 Waiver Form on file in the athletics office, and are registered online at, click ‘REGISTRATION’.

Participation in extra-curricular athletics and activities and/or attending events in support of peers, during high school are among the highlights of the lives of many, with stories centered around athletics events and extra-curricular activities shared with family and friends throughout a lifetime. Our students learn sportsmanship, fair play, kindness and many values that serve them well beyond their years at Monticello. I challenge our school community to continue to encourage, support and help each other – physically, academically, and emotionally – navigate this situation and look forward to a stronger #MonticelloFamily in 2021.


Matthew Pearman, Sr.
Director of VHSL Athletics/Activities

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