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August 6, 2020


Organized Sports Practices on Hiatus

In a decision reached in consultation with other school districts throughout the St. Louis region, Maplewood Richmond Heights will not begin organized fall sports practices on August 10 as previously scheduled. The superintendents' consortium agreed that too little information exists to determine if organized practices can be carried out safely at this time in light of COVID-19 infection rates among youth in St. Louis County. Coaches notified their soccer, volleyball and softball players this week.

Here is the announcement by the St. Louis Suburban Public High School Athletic and Activities Association:

"On August 5, 2020, the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA)
announced that member schools utilizing a virtual instructional model would be allowed to
participate in MSHSAA sanctioned athletics and activities. The participation in all MSHSAA
sanctioned activities is dependent on member schools complying with any guidelines set forth
by their county health departments. In St. Louis County, the guidance for participation in
sports has been provided by a cooperative of health professionals and leaders through the St.
Louis Sports COVID-19 Task Force.
The St. Louis Suburban Athletic Conference was encouraged that students could potentially
participate in activities and athletics regardless of the school district’s instructional model. We
firmly believe that participation in high school activities is an important part of student’s
growth and development, but only if it can be accomplished in a manner that keeps students
safe. Student and staff safety remains a paramount concern.
Practices for MSHSAA sanctioned activities and athletics can commence on August 10, 2020.
Due to the timing of MSHSAA’s announcement allowing member schools utilizing a virtual
instructional platform to participate in sports, the St. Louis Suburban Athletic Conference will
not be prepared to begin practices on August 10. Additional planning time by school leaders is
required to develop parameters that ensure the safety of our students while complying with St.
Louis Sports Medicine COVID - 19 Task Force, St. Louis County and MSHSAA guidelines.
Guidance will be developed for high school student athletes participating in both high and low
contact sports.
Timelines and details for the start of activities and athletics will be released as soon as possible."

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.