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Spring Sports in KS canceled for remainder of 2020

Updated: Mar 18, 2020

It's now official - the Kansas State High School Activities Association has now canceled all spring activities for the 2019-20 school year. The move takes effect immediately.

KSHSAA made the announcement Wednesday afternoon, and all spring sports have been canceled before their seasons could get started.

On Tuesday, KSHSAA indicated they would hold off on making an announcement, according to a report from @Kansasdotcom, this according to reporter Hayden Kyle Barber, who tweeted the information on Tuesday.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced Tuesday that all school buildings in the state will be closed for the remainder of the school year. While learning will continue through alternative means - online learning or small group learning, which also may be an option - KSHSAA has not made an announcement as of yet on events and activities, although school officials in Wichita have already told KWCH-TV in a statement that sports and activities in that district are canceled.

Online and/or small-group learning will begin on March 30, when most schools in the state are expected to start its alternative learning plans. Parents will hear directly from the individual schools as far as details for each school's alternative learning plan.

The closure of school facilities is in response to the battle of the COVID-19 virus which has spread throughout the nation. While no one from Southwestern Kansas has been reported to have contracted the novel Coronavirus, there are currently 18 reported positive cases in the state (as of Tuesday, March 17), with that number doubling in the past four days.

KSHSAA had suspended activities earlier this month, starting with the State Basketball Tournaments after the quarterfinals were completed on March 12. Spring practice and other activities were also suspended at that time.

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