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BREAKING: GHSA postpones state literary meets, recommends suspension of all activities

March 12, 2020 - 16:52
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This story will be updated as needed.

 

UPDATE - March 13 at 1:45 p.m.

Putnam County sports are suspended for two weeks effective Saturday, March 14. Friday's baseball game will be completed as scheduled.

 

UPDATE - March 12 at 10 p.m.

Putnam County soccer is suspended for Friday. Baseball and track are currently still on, but that could change. PCHS officials will meet tomorrow to discuss the school system's next steps.

 

UPDATE - March 12 at 8:55 p.m.

GHSA-sanctioned events at Lake Oconee Academy will be suspended the next two weeks, according to LOA athletic director Chris Ingle.

"LOA will follow the recommendation of the Georgia High School Association and will suspend spring GHSA activities for two weeks," Ingle said. "Our administration will constantly monitor the situation and will re-evaluate as any updates are received from the Association."

 

 

UPDATE - March 12 at 7:55 p.m.

Morgan County schools will be closed next week, March 16-20, per an email from Superintendent Dr. James Woodard. School system officials will decide sometime next week whether MCCSS schools will reopen the following week. During this school closure, all athletic events are postponed/canceled. 

Greene County schools will close for the next three weeks, which includes the system's planned spring break. That means springs sports during that time will not be held.

Lake Oconee Academy will remain open for the time being, per CEO Dr. Otho Tucker. 

 

 

UPDATE - March 12 at 5:30 p.m.

Greene County athletic director Russell Morgan says an announcement regarding Greene's decision to suspend spring sports is coming Thursday around 7 p.m.

 

UPDATE - March 12 at 5:25 p.m.

Derick Austin, PCCSS assistant superintendent, said Putnam County officials will meet Friday morning, March 13, about this and announce a decision by lunchtime.

 

ORIGINAL STORY - March 12 at 4:45 p.m.

As a precautionary measure in light of the ongoing coronavirus situation, the Georgia High School Association on Thursday postponed its upcoming state literary meets and recommended that its member schools stop all spring sports operations.

The announcement was a reversal of a statement released earlier Thursday that said the GHSA would not recommend any suspensions or delays. But when Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp gave a statement Thursday afternoon that urged each local school district to make the best decision for themselves, the GHSA altered its stance. 

GHSA member schools in Lake Country include Greene County High School, Morgan County High School, Lake Oconee Academy and Putnam County High School.

Greene County athletic director Russell Morgan said via text message that GCHS officials will "make a decision first thing" Friday morning, March 13. At that time, Morgan will provide an update on Greene's direction. 

Lake Oconee Academy athletic director Chris Ingle did not indicate whether LOA plans to suspend spring sports as of this writing. 

Morgan County High School athletic director Doug Connelly could not be reached by the original publication of this article. We are also working to find out whether Putnam County will suspend spring athletics.

"The regular season belongs to the schools themselves,“ said Dr. Robin Hines, executive director of the GHSA, in an online statement. "We can only recommend that they suspend playing. The final decision will rest with the local school systems, but we hope they heed the Governor’s and the GHSA’s recommendations."

The GHSA state literary meets are expected to be made up at a future date. The situation with the remaining spring sports is yet to be determined, the GHSA said.

“We will definitely suspend for the next two weeks, as the governor recommended,” Hines said. “By close of business on Friday, March 27, we will issue an update. We hate to have to make this call, but we must do what is in the best interest of our student-athletes and fans.”