High school activities put on hold
DES MOINES – Add Iowa's high school activities to the ever-growing list of day-to-day life put on hold across the country.
Following Sunday’s announcements from Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, all spring activities of Iowa’s high school Unified Activities partners, the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, the Iowa High School Athletic Association, the Iowa High School Music Association, and the Iowa High School Speech Association, will be prohibited through the state’s K-12 school recommended closure of four weeks.
Reynolds announced the recommended closure in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Public Health, in response to community spread of novel coronavirus.
The recommended closure date currently extends through Friday, April 10 and would mean a school return of April 13.
Prior to that 10, the schedule will be assessed as necessary with information from the Governor, Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Department of Education, and activity partners at the IGHSAU, IHSAA, IHSMA, and IHSSA.
The first practice date for IHSAA (boys) golf, soccer and tennis had been set for Monday, March 16. Baseball was scheduled to begin limited practice time on April 1.
The first practice dates for IGHSAU (girls) tennis and golf was also Monday, March 16. The first practice dates for girls soccer was set for March 23.
The first practice date for boys baseball and girls softball remains May 4. That is subject to change based on further information that is provided. The first practice and competition date for boys and girls track and field was Feb. 17.
All IHSAA and IGHSAU sports are now in a prohibited period for practice, competition, and sanctioned activity until the closure is lifted. This prohibition means no in-person contact between coaches/administrators and student-athletes for the duration of the period.
The IHSMA has cancelled Class 4A and 1A Solo/Small Ensemble Festival set for April 18, and the state Large Group Festival series set for May 8-9.
There should be no in-person contact between teachers/administrators and participants for the duration of the prohibited period.
All IHSSA (speech) events will be prohibited to practice or make up their individual state local contest until the closure is lifted. All contact between coaches, judges, and students for the duration of the period is prohibited. The All-State Festival scheduled for March 30 has been cancelled.