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Leon County Schools will only allow county-only play schedule for fall athletics

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Posted at 1:44 PM, Jul 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-28 22:10:31-04

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Leon County Schools' athletic teams will not be allowed to travel and will play a county-only schedule this fall.

That means the teams can't go out to play teams in other counties and teams from other counties can't come to Leon to play either.

Right now, high school fall sports in Florida are set to start on Aug. 24, though LCS will re-evaluate around Aug. 10 to see if data supports allowing teams to come back.

Leon County Schools director of student activities Scott Hansen confirmed they will re-evaluate if teams will be able to travel for post-season tournaments as the season goes on.

As far as middle school sports go in Leon County, volleyball and football are moved to the spring while track and softball will be played in the fall.

Hansen said he's glad the county has a plan moving forward.

"They're glad to have a chance to be with their students, their athletes, and be able to participate and have a chance to be out there with them. They know the importance of getting them out there and having this. It's huge for them to know there's something they can be doing."

Despite the district's tentative plans, the FHSAA will have the final say.

The FHSAA has another meeting around Aug. 17 to discuss a return to play. If the data statewide doesn’t reflect a downward trend, no one will be able to start back.

The county-only schedule affects public schools in Leon County. Florida High, North Florida Christian, and Saint John Paul II have said they plan to stick to their regular schedule.

This is a developing story. Stay with us for updates.