Florida High School Athletic Association Postpones All Scheduled Athletic Events Until Further Notice
By Space Coast Daily // March 19, 2020
Florida schools closed through April 15
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – In response to Governor Ron DeSantis’ closure of Florida schools through April 15, and following the Florida Department of Education Guidance Memorandum from March 17, the Florida High School Athletic Association will postpone all scheduled FHSAA meetings, conferences and athletic events until further notice.
Pending schools are back in session and afforded the opportunity to resume activities after April 15, by Federal, state and local authorities, the FHSAA will follow the recommendations and guidance available at that time regarding the continuance of all FHSAA spring sports and other planned meetings and conferences.
During a press conference on March 17, among numerous other academic accommodations, DeSantis did afford parents the choice to retain their child.
FHSAA officials said that Bylaw 9.5.1 will still be in effect, which states:
A student is limited to eight consecutive semesters of eligibility beginning with the semester he/she begins ninth grade for the first time. This does not imply that the student has eight semesters of participation. After eight consecutive semesters, the student is permanently ineligible. Any possible change to this Bylaw would need to be addressed by the FHSAA Representative Assembly.
“The health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, officials, fans and local communities are our top priority,” said FHSAA officials.
“We appreciate all member schools’ cooperation in following Federal, State and Local recommendations and mandates during this time. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the FHSAA website.”
The FHSAA staff will continue to follow the latest developments and will continue to provide updated information as deemed necessary.
The FHSAA office will remain closed following the Governor’s recommendation. However, staff will continue to work remotely, during regular business hours
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