Posted: 11:28 pm Thursday, April 30th, 2009
By Jason Lieser
Updated, Monday, May 4, 2:44 p.m.
The FHSAA sent out this press release today:
The FHSAA is monitoring the situation regarding the swine flu virus. While there has been confirmation of numerous cases of the virus in the state, currently affecting two member schools, the state series competition of track & field will continue as scheduled on May 8 and 9.
Any student-athlete’s school that is closed by the department of health in its county until or through May 8 will be allowed to compete in a make-up state track meet. This event will occur on Saturday, May 16th at Showalter Field in Orlando, beginning at 4 p.m.
The FHSAA understands the severity of the situation and wants to keep the student-athletes, coaches, officials and spectators safe, while allowing all the student-athletes that have worked so hard throughout the year to participate.
In an e-mail to the Post last Thursday, FHSAA spokesperson Cristina Alvarez said:
“The FHSAA is monitoring the situation regarding this virus. Since there are no confirmed cases of the swine flu in Florida, events will proceed as scheduled. In the event that a case (or cases) is discovered in the state, we will contact the state health department, and take it one step at a time. We understand the severity of the situation and we want to keep our student-athletes, coaches, officials and spectators safe.”
Alabama and Texas have suspended all high school athletics last week due to concerns over the spread of swine flu.
This is their press release from last Friday:
The FHSAA is monitoring the situation regarding the swine flu virus. While there has been confirmation of two cases of the virus in the state, the state series competitions will continue as scheduled.
In the event that the virus impacts one or more of the Associations member schools that are competing in the state series, the FHSAA will make the proper adjustments in scheduling to ensure every team/individual will have a fair chance at a state title. All schools involved in any event rescheduling, will be included in the decision-making process.
The Association is in contact with the Department of Health to obtain the most up-to-date information and will consult with the CDC before any decisions are made.
The FHSAA understands the severity of the situation and wants to keep the student-athletes, coaches, officials and spectators safe.