JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The Jackson Public School District has announced that it will be canceling all sports and extracurricular activities for the fall semester.
They said they did this in response to the rising coronavirus cases in the Jackson area in recent weeks, which has resulted in Gov. Reeves declaring Hinds County a “hot spot.”
They also cite the Big Ten and Pac 12 canceling their fall seasons due to the pandemic.
“I know how disappointing the cancellation of sports and extra-curricular activities may be for students, coaches and parents, but the school district must make decisions that make safety our top priority,” said JPS Athletic Director Daryl Jones.
He continued, saying, “As we will not be able to host competitions with teams in a way that we can comply with the guidance from all levels of government and health officials, we must put safety first.”
In seeking to strike a balance between offering opportunities for scholar-athletes while adhering to recommended safety guidance, JPS will implement the following measures:
- Conduct small group workout sessions emphasizing technique and skill development.
- Create highlight videos introducing senior scholar-athletes to college coaches.
- Conduct a winter football combine to showcase senior scholar-athletes.
- Provide a strength and conditioning advisor for all scholar athletes and cheerleaders.
- Provide small group tumbling, stunt and technical assistance for cheerleaders.
- Provide small group music lessons for band members.
On Thursday, August 20 at 6:00 p.m., Jackson Public Schools will host a Zoom Conference Call for parents, coaches, and students to inform them about supports the District will have in place for the fall semester. Participants may follow these steps to participate:
- Call 1-312-626-6799.
- Submit Meeting ID: 858-7762-5143.
- Enter the Password: jpssports
- Or join the online Zoom Meeting at www.jackson.k12.ms.us/AthleticsZoom.
JPS said that when they approach the end of their fall semester, they will collaborate with the Mississippi High School Activities Association and local health officials to determine how to proceed in the spring semester.