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The spirit shines bright in Clatskanie today despite the dark impact of the coronavirus.

In-person classes and spring sports at Clatskanie schools, as well as K-12 throughout Oregon, are cancelled as the state makes progress in slowing the COVID-19.

Clatskanie Middle/High School athletic director Ryan Tompkins sent The Chief the following message.

With the Governor’s announcement to close on-site education in Oregon for the remainder of the school year, the Oregon Schools Activities Association (OSAA) has also cancelled all spring sports.

Our hearts go out to our athletes, and especially our seniors, who won’t get the opportunity to conclude their high school athletic careers.

As a small gesture, Clatskanie Middle/High School will be joining the #bethelightOR movement. On Wednesday nights at 8:20 p.m. (20:20 military time) we will light our athletic fields for 20 minutes in honor of the Class of 2020 student/athletes.

We will do this throughout the months of April and May.

Thank you, Ryan Tompkins.

The following is the announcement from OSAA about the cancellation of spring sports and activities.

Per Governor Kate Brown’s announcement earlier today that Oregon schools will be closed to in-person learning for the remainder of the school year, the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) has cancelled all remaining Spring activities and state championships.

“Today’s heart wrenching decision is difficult for all members of the OSAA family,” OSAA Executive Director Peter Weber said. “We empathize with students and school communities, especially our graduating seniors, but recognize that these cancellations will allow our collective focus to remain where it’s most needed at this time - on the health and safety of all Oregonians."

"We had maintained hope for an abbreviated Spring season to help bring a sense of normalcy to these uncertain times,” Weber said. “Now more than ever we need to apply the lessons learned through participation in education-based activities – teamwork, sacrifice, resilience – and play our role in adhering to the public health guidelines. We all look forward to the day when we play again.”

Current OSAA policies prohibiting the use of school facilities and coaches from organizing or directing workouts and practices remain in effect until further notice. The OSAA Executive Board will meet in the coming weeks to discuss policies for summer activities, along with academic eligibility concerns for Fall 2020 that have been expressed by member schools and families.

The OSAA and our member schools are currently awaiting guidance from ODE on credit attainment for 9th-11th grade students through the state’s Distance Learning for All initiative.

Visit http://www.osaa.org/coronavirus for OSAA policies, plus health and safety resources, related to COVID-19. Included on this page are all memos and media releases from OSAA regarding this situation since early March, along with a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) designed to answer the most common questions we have been receiving.

More information will be communicated via http://www.osaa.org/ as it becomes available.

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