Area high schools formulate plans to resume athletic activities

By Mike Thomas
Courier-Post Sports Editor
mthomas@courierpost.com
Posted: Jun. 8, 2020 4:17 pm Updated: Jun. 8, 2020 4:23 pm

HANNIBAL | Hannibal High School will be resuming summer activities and athletic practices this week with several new restrictions in place.

On Monday, Hannibal resumed athletic activities with several new restrictions in place, as are other North Central Missouri Conference (NCMC) schools.

“We developed a plan with local health officials, the superintendent and the NCMC,” said Hannibal High School activities director Clint Graham. “We all came up with a plan to safely return kids to athletic activities and there's guidelines that we are going to put in place.”

Hannibal High School is documenting everyone who is around coaches and players, so any guests at practices will have to have prior approval from the central office before attending.

Graham said Hannibal High School will be taking extra precautions to protect students and staff from a coronavirus outbreak.

“There's going to be extra precautions and restrictions, and a lot of those things are all based around the safety of our kids and coaches,” Graham said. “We want everybody to be safe. Heaven forbid, we don't want to be the reason if a spike happens.”

Prior to resuming school activities and athletic practices, Graham consulted with other local school districts to see what their plans were.

“I've talked to other local school districts to see what they are doing and ultimately we decided to go with (what the NCMC is doing),” Graham said. “Just because we are the same size and the same conference. We work so much together in other aspects, we wanted to be unified here as we return kids back to activities.”

Other area schools are still formulating plans to return their students back to activities and practices.

Palmyra High School activities director Brian Wosman said his school is planning on starting a conditioning program on June 15, that will run until July 3.

“We are hoping starting July 6 that we can start doing more team-oriented stuff,” Wosman said. “Going to wait and see what (Gov. Mike Parson) has to say leading up to June 15.”

The state of Missouri remains in Phase 1 of Gov. Parson's re-opening plan until June 15, which allows organized athletics with appropriate safety measures in place.

Mark Twain High School is also hoping to start summer athletic programs in July.

“We are planning to start summer sports July 6 with restrictions,” said Mark Twain High School activities director Cody McCann. “I will know more after our next board meeting on June 11.”

Monroe City High School activities director Cody Leonard said his school is still working on a plan to resume activities.

“Nothing has been decided or approved yet,” Leonard said. “Meeting with the other coaches next Monday to plan things out, (then) to put up to administration for approval.”

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