Update on Summer Activities
Today, Governor Kim Reynolds announced that schools will be allowed to reopen certain school-sponsored activities beginning June 1, 2020. This includes high school baseball and softball. Per the Iowa Department of Education, first contests may occur as early as Monday, June 15, 2020. Given this announcement, some of our students and families have reached out with questions about how we will move forward.
The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) Board of Directors and the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Board of Control met after the Governor’s announcement today and both groups voted to approve resuming the 2020 summer seasons under Iowa Department of Education guidelines. The IGHSAU and IHSAA plan to issue further sport-specific guidance and FAQ lists early next week, which will provide further guidance for our planning purposes.
Spring sports seasons never began and were ultimately canceled on April 17, 2020, following the cancellation of in-person K-12 schooling for Iowa’s 2019-20 academic year. Per guidance from the Iowa Department of Education, coach-athlete contact for all in-person, out-of-season sports is suspended until July 1, 2020.
The Iowa Department of Education provided guidance today regarding the rules and restrictions that will apply to summer activities. We are now reviewing that guidance and will communicate with you once we have made key decisions on the next steps. Above all else, the safety of our student-athletes and our coaches are our top priority, and our buildings, facilities, and campuses remain closed.
As we have all witnessed, this situation continues to evolve rapidly and we appreciate your patience as we evaluate our options to ensure we are able to maintain a healthy and safe environment for our students, staff, and families. We will provide additional information soon regarding changes that will take effect on June 1, 2020. Take care. #ICCSDtogether