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story.lead_photo.caption Democrat photo/Kevin LabotkaCalifornia track runners do a lap March 12. The team’s first meet was scheduled for March 24 at the Russellville Open, but California announced Monday it would suspend all Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA)-sanctioned events through March 29.

California schools announced Monday they have suspended all Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA)-sanctioned practices, games and events through the end of the month. In quick succession, the California School District announced it closes through April 6 after today, so cancellation of any before and after school activities will extend through that window and the duration California may remain closed beyond April 6.

Along with athletics, this includes all co-curricular activities — like band, choir, math team and scholar bowl — as well.

"The Association will continue to review the medical guidance of the CDC, and all breaking information regarding COVID-19 to make the best decision possible with the information available to us," MSHSAA said Monday in a press release.

Along with California's school closing yesterday, nearby schools in Jefferson City closed Monday and will reopen no later than April 6, with all school events and activities cancelled.

MSHSAA released its own guidelines, in line with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations regarding gatherings of more than 50 people, on Monday.

At this time, MSHSAA's spring sport championships have not been cancelled, and MSHSAA noted that schools that remain in session may make the decision individually to continue with practices and games for spring athletics. However, if schools have determined they are closing for a period of time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no practices or games should occur during that time.

Scholar bowl districts remain up in the air, as they are not scheduled to take place until April 18. However, remaining District music festivals for large groups and solo and small ensembles, as well as the State Music Festival, have been cancelled.

Similarly, MSHSAA has cancelled any remaining district tournaments and the state championships for speech, debate and theatre.

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