IHSA postpones board meetings, to meet with IDPH July 24th

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The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced Tuesday the organization has postponed all IHSA Board Meetings scheduled from July 22nd until July 29th.

The postponement was announced due to a meeting that will take place between the organization and representatives from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Illinois School Board of Education (ISBE).

“There is an unprecedented level of planning for this school year due to COVID-19, and we have to come to understand that there needs to be a greater consistency between the guidelines for returning to learn and returning to interscholastic athletics,” ISHA Executive Director Craig Anderson said last Tuesday.

IHSA has deferred all rulings on sports this fall  to IDPH and ISBE officials this fall, following a lawsuit filed against IHSA.  

On Monday, California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) officials announced in a statement high school sports in the state will be delayed until December 2020 or January 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  The CIF cited state guidelines for the reason of the postponement.

“We are continuously monitoring the directives and guidelines released from the Governor’s Office, the California Department of Education, the California Department of Public Health, and local county health departments and agencies as these directives and guidelines are followed by our member schools/school districts with student health and safety at the forefront,” the CIF said in the statement.

California became the first and largest state in the nation to put a delay on fall sports due to the pandemic.  In Georgia, Georgia High School Association announced a plan that would delay fall sports by two weeks, but keep all games in place, including the state playoffs.

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