In a news conference Friday, April 17, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced that Iowa K-12 public schools would be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. She explained the extended closure was necessary to protect the well-being of students, staff, families, and the broader community.
It was also announced that high school sports spring seasons are canceled. The cancellation is effective for all spring practices, competitions, and postseason events, the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) said Friday.
Summer sports — baseball and softball — are suspended pending an assessment made in collaboration with state officials before June. Practice, competition, and postseason dates will be announced when they become available, the IHSAA and IGHSAU said.
The Iowa High School Music Association (IHSMA) has canceled the Class 4A and 1A Solo/Ensemble Festival set for April 18, and the State Large Group Festival set for May 9. There should be no-in person contact between teachers/administrators and participants for the duration of the prohibited period.
All Iowa High School Speech Association (IHSSA) events will be prohibited until the closure is lifted. All contact between coaches, judges, and students for the duration of the period is prohibited. The All-State Festival scheduled for March 30 has been canceled.