The NSAA suspended spring sports practices and competitions through May 1 on Wednesday afternoon.

An email from the association's executive director, Jay Bellar, confirmed the news. The suspensions may be extended if conditions warrant.

“Member schools and student-participants are expected to adhere to the NSAA Constitution and Bylaws, and activity manuals during this time,” the email said.

The NSAA also encouraged members schools — Blair, Fort Calhoun and Arlington included — to follow CDC, local, state and federal health department recommendations.

The association provided its own coronavirus-related resource online. It has information for parents, guardians, teachers and coaches regarding talking to and supporting children during COVID-19, which can be found on the association's website, nsaahome.org/sports-medicine.

Original suspensions instituted March 16 put spring sports on pause through next Monday, but the NSAA deemed the conditions warranted an extension. Updates will continue to be available on the association's website (nsaahome.org) and on its social media platforms.

Washington County schools remained closed indefinitely as of Wednesday.

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