There will be no fall sports at Academy Park in 2020.

After Southeast Delco School District's board of school directors voted last week to approve an all-virtual educational plan for the fall marking period, the school district followed Monday with the announcement that it would suspend all sports this fall.

Southeast Delco is the first school district in the county to cancel fall sports. Other districts, including Radnor, Upper Darby and Haverford, have decided to begin the year with virtual learning but have not yet cancelled athletics.

Late Monday evening, Academy Park posted on its football team's Twitter account that "it is our hope that student-athletes may be able to lace them up this spring."

In the event that Southeast Delco returns to on-site learning sometime during the school year, it's possible the district will allow for sports to resume in the winter or spring.

The PIAA pushed back the start of fall sports practices from Monday to Aug. 24. This was done after Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf recommended that all youth sports shut down through Jan. 1, 2021. PIAA leadership is calling for more dialogue with the governor's office and Departments of Health and Education to determine how to proceed with an interscholastic sports schedule for 2020-21.

Last month, the Norristown Area School District became the first school district in District 1 to shut down fall sports. Pottstown followed suit last week. Phoenixville opted to allow only golf, singles tennis and marching band. The Philadelphia Public League Monday announced that it wouldn't have fall sports for the rest of the year.

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