CORAL SPRINGS, FL - As professional and collegiate sports organizations have canceled or postponed the start or continuation of their seasons due to the coronavirus, high schools and youth leagues are starting to follow suit.
Broward County will suspend extracurricular activities and high school sports starting Monday to minimize the spread of coronavirus, Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie said Thursday.
That means: all athletic events, practices, meetings, and travel, as well as debate tournaments and after-school clubs, are all canceled for the foreseeable future.
“We want the kids to live, and we want the kids to be healthy,” Runcie said.
Runcie also said that students with flu-like symptoms will be sent to isolated rooms in their schools and won’t be able to leave until a parent or guardian picks them up. They will not be allowed to return until they get a medical clearance or have no symptoms for three days.
School employees with symptoms also will be sent home and will not be allowed to return without the clearance or three symptom-free days.
Runcie said there are no cases of Broward students or staff who have the virus. He said he has no immediate plans to shut down a school or the school district, even though closures are happening throughout the country.
In other sports, Major League Baseball has pushed back the start of the season, and the National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Soccer all have suspended their seasons.
The NCAA took the extreme action to cancel the Division 1 men’s and women’s basketball tournament in addition to all remaining winter and spring championships.
The Florida Youth Soccer Association (FYSA) has also pushed back their upcoming state-level related competitions and programs until April 12.