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SCISA suspends all sporting events for the next three weeks

Due to concerns about the coronavirus, the South Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association has announced it will suspend all athletic events.
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The South Carolina Independent School Association has issued the following directive in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

"SCISA has suspended of all interscholastic athletics from Sunday, March 15, 2020 until Friday, April 3, 2020.

The South Carolina Independent School Association is working with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to actively monitor the novel coronavirus outbreak and the potential impact to our State. SCISA continues to work closely with DHEC and the CDC to ensure our planning is based on the best available information from public health experts. I am speaking daily with educational leaders on the COVID-19 and making the best, informed plans. SCISA will update the membership as information is made available.

The South Carolina Independent School Association places the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, parents, supports and officials first and foremost."

SCHSL Update

The South Carolina High School League announced Thursday that at this time, it is not suspending or cancelling any sporting events involving its member schools. But that body is still assessing the situation.

The SCHSL executive committee held a conference call to discuss the virus and on Monday, a conference call with the Superintendents will be held. Following that meeting, the SCHSL executive committee will hold another conference call to determine if there will be any changes to the spring sports season for the member schools.

the SCHSL Executive Committee met via teleconference to discuss the virus and state of SC member school athletic programs. After a lengthy discussion, the committee decided to postpone any decision until a Superintendent’s conference call scheduled for Monday, March 16, 2020.

Once the Superintendents meet, the SCHSL Executive Committee will reconvene via conference call to determine any changes to the spring sports season for our member schools.

“The committee is weighing all aspects of the virus as well as school operations and extra-curricular activities to include athletics,” SCHSL Commissioner Jerome Singleton said in a statement.

We are in regular contact with SCDHEC and SCHSL Sports Medicine Advisory Committee which is comprised of health and medical professionals from across the state."