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All remaining South Dakota High School Activities Association events for 2019-20, including all spring activities and postponed winter events, are cancelled, according to a statement released Monday afternoon by Dr. Dan Swartos, SDHSAA executive director.

The announcement came shortly after Gov. Kristi Noem announced Monday that the state’s schools will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year.

“This is an unprecedented time across our state and country, and we do not make this decision lightly,” Swartos said. “We thank all of the participants, their coaches/directors/advisors/administration, their parents, and everyone else who has dedicated tremendous amounts of time, passion, and effort to these events.

“To our senior participants- we thank you for everything you have done for your schools and communities and wish you the very best in your bright futures,” he said. “This is difficult, but the lessons you’ve learned and friendships you’ve made through high school activities will last your lifetime.”

The cancellation will be formalized at the April 21 regular meeting of the SDHSAA board of directors.

“We look forward to the resumption of high school activities during the 2020-21 school year, and will continue work on those events at this time,” Swartos said. “The SDHSAA thanks everyone involved for their patience and understanding throughout this process.”


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