Schools Won't Resume Until At Least May 20

The reopening of schools in Connecticut has been pushed back until May 20; Governor Ned Lamont made the announcement in a tweet on the afternoon of April 9. The possible return date and start of spring sports has been pushed back multiple times due to the impact of COVID-19.


The CIAC, as of April 2, has suspended sports indefinitely with hopes of a return to play at least a partial season — even if it means extending the spring season into July if possible. Everything is contingent on the schools opening again.


Spring sports would typically be in postseason action from late May through mid June. Now the earliest an abbreviated regular slate can begin is late May. The CIAC canceled winter sports tournaments in mid March, resulting in a student protest at the CIAC's Cheshire headquarters, which included throwing eggs at the building.


Due to the proactive approach of the CIAC, it is believed Connecticut was the first state to cancel school sports. Several other area states followed.


It could be a matter of time for Connecticut to announce the shutdown of school buildings for the remainder of the year. There are online reports that Maine Governor Janet Mills and the Department of Education are recommending that Maine schools prepare for distance learning for the remainder of the school year.


To date, Maine has 500-plus confirmed COVID-19 cases and Connecticut close to 9,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


According to the CIAC's April 2 update: "The CIAC an Board of Control continues to emphasize the importance of social distancing. We recognize how difficult the abrupt move to online instruction and life without extracurricular activities has been for our students, teachers, parents, administrators, and coaches. By engaging in the social distancing guidelines and mandates provided through the governor and the State Department of Education, we can collectively flatten the curve and get back to our schools sooner. We appreciate that our student-athletes miss their teammates and coaches. It is in the arena of athletics and physical fitness that our communities face the greatest challenge in enforcing social distancing. Social distancing standards must be maintained. Coaches and student-athletes must join the voices of school leaders in promoting the enforcement of social distancing. Remember, our fastest road back to regular season and tournament play is to engage in social distancing, get back into school, and then on the field of play."


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