Return to Play Update

October 14, 2020

Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) is now in day three of Stage 3 of the Return to Learn Plan. With the beginning of Stage 3, WCPS is also kicking off our interscholastic fall athletics season.

The following information pertains ONLY to fall sports and current circumstances. These details and future sports seasons are subject to change at the direction of the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA), or due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this update, you will find information about:

  • Athletic schedules

  • Spectator plan

  • Spectator expectations

Athletic Schedules

WCPS fall student athletes will participate in an in-county competitive schedule. This is a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Washington County from other communities.

Fall sport schedules will be posted at: These schedules will be posted to the website by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 15.

WCPS will be sharing information regarding unified sports next week.

View Fall Athletic Schedules

Fall sports schedules will be posted by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 15.

Spectator Plan

WCPS values our loyal fans who are a tremendous source of support for student athletes. Unfortunately spectator capacity will be limited at high school athletic events according to the Maryland Department of Health’s guidance for sporting events. At this time, WCPS understands capacity numbers include athletes, coaches and team personnel, officials, and fans.

Indoor games are limited to no more than 50% capacity or 100 people (whichever is less).

Outdoor games are limited to no more than 50% capacity or 250 people (whichever is less).

For now, all student athletes will be provided up to two spectator tickets for each game. For football games, this includes both football players and cheerleaders. There is no charge for these spectator tickets. During the COVID-19 pandemic, WCPS Gold Cards for senior citizens, State athletic passes, and employee IDs cannot be honored as a ticket.

For indoor events, separate tickets will be issued for junior varsity and varsity matches. After the junior varsity team plays, fans will have to clear the gym and produce a new ticket for the varsity game to re-enter the gym.

At this time, due to restrictions, WCPS does not anticipate full marching bands participating at football games. This will provide our performers more time to focus on developing a field show program for future opportunities.

Spectator Expectations

In order for the WCPS fall sports season to be healthy, safe, and successful, fans and spectators must abide by the following guidelines and expectations:

  • Face coverings are required to be worn over the mouth and nose at all times for both indoor and outdoor events.

  • All spectators are required to be seated in the stands. Spectators must maintain physical distancing of six feet from others and cannot sit in groups.

  • Spectators cannot leave and return to the event area during the competition.

  • As is the case with all school events, spectators and fans are expected to demonstrate proper conduct and positive sportsmanship.