A message from MONTICELLO HIGH SCHOOL
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 www.GoMonticello.org, 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