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Portsmouth Public Schools suspends conditioning, practices due to rising COVID-19 numbers in region

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Posted at 4:11 PM, Dec 16, 2020

Portsmouth Public Schools is suspending all athletic practices and conditioning beginning Thursday, December 17 due to rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the Hampton Roads area.

The suspension will last through winter break, December 21 through January 1. Athletic practices can resume on Monday, January 4, 2021, PPS said in a statement.

“The Hampton Roads athletic directors met recently, and we agreed to delay the beginning of basketball until January 11," said Vincent Pugh, the school system's athletic director. "That said, this is an evolving situation that we must monitor daily so that decision may be revisited if positivity rates do not subside."

This is a developing story. Stay with News 3 for updates.