High school sports: Hawaii delays football season to implement vaccination mandate
Hawaii’s highly anticipated high school football season will have to wait at least another six weeks. According to Hawaii News Now, the state’s Department of Education announced on Wednesday that it will delay all high school sports until the end of September while implementing a mandate requiring student-athletes and coaches to meet. get vaccinated.
Hawaii was one of three states that did not play tackle football in 2020-21 due to the pandemic, but appeared on schedule to start games as early as this weekend.
Due to a recent increase in COVID-19 cases, two Oahu Interschool Association off-league football games scheduled for Friday have been canceled, prompting the DOE to take a closer look at athletics in general.
Athletes and coaches will now need to be vaccinated before September 24 in order to practice or play sports in the fall.
SCHOOL SPORTS DELAYED UNTIL THE END OF SEPTEMBER
The Hawaii DOE announces that September 24 is the new start date for high school track and field and that vaccinations will be mandatory. pic.twitter.com/VTWQG76KTl
– Keith Demolder (@KeithDemolder) August 4, 2021