Board of NMAA to revisit state competitions schedule today

By QCS Staff

The board of the New Mexico Activities Association was to meet this early morning to discuss the lifting of the suspension of the state athletic competitions.

Sports events were postponed Sunday because of the cases of H1N1, or swine flu, in New Mexico.

However, the NMAA Board of Directors were to meet at 8 a.m. today to examine the situation, according to an NMAA press release on Tuesday.
The meeting was prompted when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Public Education Department announced Tuesday that school closures in New Mexico are no longer necessary for health reasons.

More than a dozen schools across the state were closed Monday, and state athletic competitions were suspended for fairness as probable cases of H1N1, or swine flu, are investigated, state health and athletic officials announced Sunday.

No schools in Quay County are being closed, officials said.

When the decision was made to close schools, the NMAA Board of Directors suspended all athletic and activity programs for all NMAA member schools until further notice, said NMAA Director of Communications Robert Zayas, on Sunday.

The NMAA announced tentative dates for rescheduled state championships as well as protocols for other school functions such as banquets and field trips Monday in a press release.

“It is scary to think that track state championships will fall on the same week as graduation,” said Taylor Smith, a Logan High School senior. “I have worked so hard to get to state, and I have every intention of competing.”

Zayas said restrictions on practice were made in the spirit of fairness and as of Tuesday no NMAA members school would be permitted to hold practices outside of the school day.

“We will provide the schools, parents and public with all current information and updates on the developing situation,” Zayas said.

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