Update: Gov. Kemp to close schools, officially ending spring sports season

Gov. Brian Kemp on Thursday will sign an order to close k-12 schools through the rest of the academic year, effectively ending the Georgia high school spring sports seasons.

Before Kemp made that known Wednesday, the Georgia High School Association's  board of trustees was planning to meet Thursday morning to discuss the state of spring sports and the COVID-19 pandemic during a virtual meeting that executive director Dr. Robin Hines was to conduct through an online chat.

That meeting may still take place, but a contingency plan for the spring is no longer on the agenda.

It has been three weeks since Hines issued a strong recommendation that high schools suspend sports activities through March 27. That came hours after Gov. Kemp made a similar recommendation that k-12 schools close.

Gov. Kemp’s restrictions progressively got stricter.

Alabama’s high school association canceled the spring season days ago. Other states that have canceled school for the rest of the semester, thus ending their sports seasons, are Arizona, Kansas, New Mexico, Virginia and Vermont.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was expected to follow suit in her state. California superintendent of public instruction Tony Thurmond said this week that he didn’t expect classes to resume this academic year.