Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green is meeting with the Governor's office on Friday

Rhonda Blanford-Green

(Ryan Casey/CHSAANow.com)

CHSAA commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green is meeting with the Governor's office on Friday to gather information about potential variances the state would allow for all sports.

On Tuesday afternoon, following multiple conversations with the Governor's office, it was made clear to Blanford-Green that the variances she has sought from the COVID-19 Response Team since June in order to play certain sports would not be given. This information was conveyed to the Board of Directors prior to their meeting, and vote, on Tuesday evening.

It is apparent that the COVID-19 Response Team has now changed their position. The Governor made a public statement on Thursday, and then gave the Commissioner a verbal reassurance on that same day, that the variances we have been asking for would be expedited.

Blanford-Green is meeting with the Governor's office to get details in writing about the variances that his office will allow.

Additionally, major concerns of the Board of Directors were that many schools are still trying to safely return to in-person learning, and still remain unable to physically access their buildings. Certain districts do not have the financial resources to be able to safely begin fall sports. The Governor's office has indicated that it may be able to provide resources to schools to help facilitate their activities programs. Blanford-Green is also seeking to further clarify this possibility.

In light of this new information, the Board of Directors and CHSAA staff are working collaboratively to survey administrators from the entire membership to gather their input.