LHSAA Won’t Cancel Winter Sports, Leaves Decision to Schools

January 3, 2022 / Athletic Administration
The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) decided late last week not to cancel winter sports, despite a request from state officials to call them off in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, according to a report from WWLTV.com.

With the rapid spread of the omicron variant, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Theresa Sokol, the state’s epidemiologist, asked schools to cancel all after-school activities, including athletics.

lhsaaShortly thereafter, according to WWLTV.com, the LHSAA issued a statement saying they will leave the decision up to the individual schools.

“I have the utmost confidence that all our association membership is doing what is acceptable and right for their respective communities,” LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine said in the statement. “This I know because you have all proven it throughout this entire COVID-19 continued disruption and challenges.”

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Along with the recommendation to call off after-school activities, Louisiana health officials are recommending schools institute universal indoor masking policies and space students out until this COVID surge ends, WLLTV.com reported.

Gov. Edwards’ previous mask mandate, which included K-12 schools, ended in October 2021. The state reported more than 12,000 new cases on Thursday along with an increase of 103 more COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

To read the full story from WWLTV.com, click here. And to learn more about the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA), visit its website here