The St. Joseph School District announced Monday that all activities, including spring sports, have been suspended until further notice.
The announcement comes amidst St. Joseph Mayor Bill McMurray signing an emergency declaration on Monday banning gatherings of 50 people or more, with exception of day-to-day operations such as schools, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
“We’re going to try to be as informed as we can be. When we make our decisions, (we) take all that information and try to make the best decision we can with that information as we get it,” said Dr. Robert Sigrist, SJSD Director of Non-Academic Services.
“Is there hope there, that hopefully there will be activities in sports the spring? It’s kind of up in the air. That’s it. It’s up in the air right now. Obviously, we would hope for that, for sports to go on.”
As for the upcoming spring sports season, MSHSAA announced that there will be no mandated cancellations of practice, games or championships at this time in an email to coaches.
MSHSAA did state schools that are not in session should not practice or play, but schools that remain open can operate at their own discretion.
Schools must still operate under the bylaw mandating 14 days of practice before playing in games under the supervision of a coach, which must take place while school is in session, while MSHSAA hopes to waive other a bylaw that would allow teams and athletes to compete in the postseason if the regular season is shortened.
It was just one of many announcements that again shook the area in sports. The NAIA announced Monday that all spring sports have been canceled and all spring athletes will receive another year of eligibility, while the NJCAA canceled all spring sports.
MSHSAA also announced Monday that this weekend’s upcoming Class 4 and Class 5 state basketball championships in Springfield, Missouri, have been canceled.