BENNINGTON — The Vermont Principals Association held out as long as it could, but it made the decision that it had to make on Thursday.
The VPA voted Thursday morning to cancel the 2020 spring sports season due to the coronavirus outbreak
"Given the Governor's executive order "Stay Home, Stay Safe" still extending at least through May 15th, and with no known expectation to return to in-person school for the 2019-20 school year, the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 spring sports season has been made. The VPA and the Activities Standards Committee have delayed as long as possible in hopes that some version of a season could be salvaged, but now it is too close to the end of the school year for that to occur," wrote the VPA in a press release.
The VPA held off making a decision twice in April, waiting to see what would happen. On April 14, they set a drop-dead date of April 30 to make its decision.
Vermont becomes the latest state to cancel spring sports as most around the country have done so. Regionally, they join New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine in the cancellation. New York canceled sectional and state championships, but have decided to let local school districts make the final decision on any games contingent on schools being re-opened.
"We feel terribly for our Vermont student athletes who have been preparing for their 2020 spring sports season, and especially saddened for our 2020 seniors. Your sacrifice is unparalleled in Vermont sports history and is one that is quite literally saving lives. We are hopeful and confident that our shared sacrifices in social distancing this spring will ensure a safe return to in-person gatherings, celebrations, and extracurriculars for the fall season of 2020-21," the VPA wrote.
This story will be updated.