Governor Herbert announced on Tuesday, April 14, that students will not be returning to schools for the rest of the school year due to COVID-19. This includes any extracurricular activities, sports and clubs.
“In consultation with the Utah State Board of Education, I have determined we must continue the soft closure of our schools for the remainder of the year,” said Governor Herbert in a tweet addressed to the public, “We’re tremendously grateful to all of our teachers and staff who are working hard to teach and take care of students.”
The Utah High School Activities Association, or UHSAA, has also announced that all remaining spring activities, including sports, and state championships will be cancelled. They remain optimistic that fall sports will take place as scheduled, although it is still too early to reach any decisions.
“The UHSAA Board promotes the benefits of participating in education-based high school activities and recognizes the overwhelming disappointment this decision is for the students and athletes, especially seniors,” said the UHSAA in a press release, “our highest priority is ensuring the health and safety of the students, schools and communities during this challenging time and looks forward to the day when students are again participating in education-based activities.”