The Virginia High School League clarified guidance for schools as far as policies regarding safety protocols in a news release on Wednesday.

According to the release, each local school board will adopt its own safety protocols for extracurricular activities – athletes, coaches and spectators.

Last week, Gov. Ralph Northam said in a news conference that state law requires school divisions to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, which included all students wearing masks indoors.

Shenandoah County and Warren County public schools have since required all students to wear masks indoors during school.

According to the release, the state law is only for in-person instruction and does not apply to extracurricular activities or other non-instructional activities on school grounds. The release states that the VHSL staff has consulted with the Virginia Department of Education and VHSL legal counsel.

Last season, the VHSL came out with guidelines regarding COVID-19, that included athletes having to wear masks on the sidelines or benches when they were not actively practicing or playing. There was also limited spectators at events for most of the season.

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