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NJSIAA Statement on 2020 Spring Sports - COVID19

Republished from NJSIAA.org

NJSIAA STATEMENT ON SPRING SPORTS

May 4, 2020

“Following today’s announcement by Governor Murphy, the NJSIAA has officially canceled New Jersey’s 2020 high school spring sports season.  This decision was not made lightly and we are disappointed for the thousands of New Jersey student-athletes who will be unable to compete this spring. While we remained hopeful to the end, and left open every possibility, competition simply is not feasible given the circumstances.

“The last few weeks have been heartbreaking on many levels, from the tragic loss of life, to thousands battling the virus, to millions who have suffered emotional and economic loss.  It’s been a harrowing time for everyone, and we know our student-athletes are extremely disappointed. That said, these unfortunate circumstances may have put an intriguing challenge in the path of our young people. As New Jersey’s own Vince Lombardi once said, “It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up. “  We’re confident all our kids will get back up and stand tall.

“The NJSIAA will continue developing plans for the potential restarting of scholastic sports during the fall season. Additional information related both to the summer recess and fall will be shared at a later date.”

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Governor Murphy Announces School Closures for Remainder of 2019-2020 Academic Year

Republished from New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub

All New Jersey school buildings will remain closed for in-person instruction for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year and all students and faculty will continue with remote-learning.

Private schools with longer academic years will remain closed until at least June 30.

This difficult decision was made based on the guidance from public health experts with a single goal in mind, the safety and well-being of our children and our educators.

If the standards to reopen our workplaces are high, they are even higher when it comes to schools filled with our children. The State simply could not find a way to reconcile that core principle and open our school buildings at this time.

The hurdles -- logistical, educational, and, most of all, practical -- that would have allowed students and faculty to return, even for a short while, could not be overcome. We could not guarantee an environment that would not only be safe, but fully capable of meeting the educational needs of students in a setting built for social distancing.

NOTE: This decision only applies to the remainder of the 2019-2020 regular academic year. No decision has been made yet regarding summer education and other programs at this time.

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