Following Minnesota Governor Tim Walz's news briefing today announcing the extension of distance learning in state schools through the end of the school year the Minnesota State High School League had an announcement of their own.

The MSHSL issued the following statement:

"In response to Executive Order 20-41 issued today by Governor Tim Walz, the Minnesota State High School League, under direction of the League's Board of Directors, has declared, effective immediately, all activities and athletics that occur during spring season have been cancelled for the 2019-2020 school year."

"The decision of the League is aligned with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Minnesota Department of Health and is in support of practices that focus on community health and safety."

Board President Bonnie Spohn Schmaltz of Eden Valley-Watkins is quoted, "As a parent of a high school senior, I understand the tremendous impact of this pandemic.  As a speech coach team members that I have coached since seventh grade won't see their final season culminating with the opportunity at the state tournament, including my daughter.  Knowing these costs, I'm proud of the sacrifices competitors throughout the state are making to keep others safe."

The MSHSL statement goes on to say:

"The cancellation applies to all forms of student participation in any League activity, athletics and fine arts.  The section and state tournaments for each of the League's spring activities are also cancelled."

"The cancellation applies to Adapted Bowling, Adapted Softball, Badminton, Baseball, Clay Target, Golf, Lacrosse, Music, Robotics, Softball, Speech, Synchronized Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field and Visual Arts.  League activities and athletics for the spring season have been suspended since March 15.

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