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100% virtual students can’t compete in games, activities; high school assoc. says

Oxford running back Kenzie Phillips reacts after fumbling the ball near the goal line, while...
Oxford running back Kenzie Phillips reacts after fumbling the ball near the goal line, while Laurel recovers in the background in the first half of their Mississippi 5A Championship high school football game on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)(Rogelio V. Solis | AP)
Published: Aug. 11, 2021 at 2:35 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - If your child is completely virtual, they cannot compete in games or activities.

This rule comes from Mississippi High School Activities Association.

“If a school or a student chooses to be 100% virtual only, no participation in athletics or activities will be allowed,” Executive Director Rickey Neaves said.

This includes sports, speech and debate, band, cheer, chess, or any similar activity.

“It’s a safety precaution that we don’t like to take, but it’s to make sure schools and schools they’re competing against are protected,” Neaves added.

The rule is new this school year but went into effect on April 20, 2021, when MHSAA’s executive committee approved it.

The organization said it’s trying to do everything possible to allow students to still participate in activities safely.

MHSAA believes it’s more likely for students who are entirely virtual to participate in more activities likely to cause COVID-19 infections.

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