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Cincinnati Public Schools pauses all athletic contests and scrimmages until Nov. 24

Posted at 12:12 PM, Nov 21, 2020

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Public Schools has paused all athletic contests and scrimmages until Nov. 24 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teams are still able to practice this weekend.

Cincinnati Public Schools has a regularly scheduled board of education meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 23 where athletics is expected to be a topic.

"We pushed back games until the board discusses on Monday," said Cincinnati Public Schools athletics manager Josh Hardin.

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CPS announced last week it is returning to a five-day per week distance learning model starting Nov. 23.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association said earlier this week that the winter sports season would continue as planned, but that schools have options on how they approach the season.

"The decision for your school in moving forward is strictly a local decision," OHSAA executive director Doug Ute said in a memo in member schools. "Your school or school district may certainly choose not to participate in a contest or to pause your season(s) for a period and should do what is in your best interest."

The high school girls basketball season officially started its season Friday.

There were five girls basketball games originally scheduled within the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference from Friday to Monday to open the season. Five games are scheduled for Nov. 24.

Boys basketball officially opens its season Nov. 25.

The bowling and ice hockey seasons have also begun this month.

Swimming starts Nov. 30, while gymnastics and wrestling start in December.

CPS paused fall athletics Aug. 3 but student-athletes were able to practice at their home schools until the COVID-19 pandemic data around the district, city and county was further evaluated.

CPS gave the green light in mid-September during a board meeting for all athletics to fully resume later in that month.