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UIL pulls plug on spring activities

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Texas school administrators, coaches and students got the news they were dreading to hear April 17 with the University Interscholastic League officially cancelling all UIL-sanctioned extracurricular spring activities for the remainder of the 2019-’20 school year.

Events were initially thrown into limbo back in March with the UIL announcing that contests, rehearsals, practices and workouts were all being suspended for two weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following an Executive Order issued by Governor Greg Abbott April 3 that schools would remain closed through at least May 4, the UIL extended its original cessation of activities.

The UIL officially pulled the plug on activities resuming during the 2019-’20 school year last week stating in a press release:

“With the announcement from Governor Greg Abbott that all Texas schools are to remain closed to in-person learning for the remainder of this school year, and in an effort to help protect the health and safety of Texans, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) is canceling all remaining 2019-’20 spring activities and state championships.

“’Our staff had been working hard on plans to resume activities this spring, but without schools in session, interscholastic activities cannot continue,’ said UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt. ‘Our highest priority during this challenging time is ensuring the health and safety of our students and communities and making progress in the containment of COVID-19 in Texas. We are now turning our attention to the 2020-2021 school year.’

“Practices, rehearsals, and workouts remain suspended until further notice. The previously communicated information allowing remote instruction remains in place. The UIL will continue to follow the direction of state authorities and will work closely with member schools to navigate this unprecedented time.

“’I am grateful to the UIL staff for their leadership and dedication to students,’ said UIL Legislative Council Chair Curtis Rhodes. ‘Together we will get through this and we look forward to the day students are once again able to participate in education-based interscholastic activities.’

“Further details will be forthcoming. Please continue to check the UIL website and social media accounts for updates.”