The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) issued a statement immediately following the announcement by Governor TIm Walz this afternoon that schools would go to distance learning beginning next week.

The statement says in part, "The goal of the MSHSL is to be responsive to member schools and keep future participation options open for the spring activity season."

"Effective immediately and continuing until the Governor of Minnesota has lifted his school closure declaration:"

  • All participation in MSHSL spring activities at all members schools is suspended.
  • Participation includes, but is not limited to, competitions, training, practices, scrimmages, and contests.

The MSHSL emphasized that "No decisions regarding the cancellation of spring activities have been made at this time."

"The suspension of participation includes fine arts activities and athletics and the following events remain suspended indefinitely."

  • Speech Section and State Tournaments
  • Music Contests
  • Visual Arts Competitions and State Festival
  • MSHSL State Robotics Tournament
  • MSHSL Clay Target State Tournament

We visited with Faribault Public Schools Superintendent Todd Sesker Monday and asked if the Governor were to declare schools closed through the end of this school year if graduation would be held.

Sesker told us it would be their intent to have a "physical graduation" at some point.

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