x
Breaking News
More () »

New Orleans's Leading Local News: Weather, Traffic, Sports and more | New Orleans, Louisiana | WWLTV.com

Louisiana governor, lawmakers oppose canceling school sports

A group of 56 Republican state representatives and seven state senators penned a letter to Louisiana's education leaders, urging a normal sports schedule.

BATON ROUGE, La. — Gov. John Bel Edwards and a majority of state House members oppose a state senator's call for the cancellation of public school athletics this fall despite Louisiana's surging coronavirus outbreak. 

Edwards says Senate Education Chairman Cleo Fields' push to suspend K-12 athletic events as a safety precaution was well-meaning. But the Democratic governor says it's "just a little too early" to make such a sweeping determination. 

Louisiana is seeing renewed spikes in the COVID-19 disease and patient hospitalizations. A group of 56 Republican state representatives and seven state senators penned a letter to Louisiana's education leaders, urging a normal extracurricular sports schedule as schools reopen.

Fields on Monday wrote to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, asking them to bench teams, at least for the fall.

“I do not believe that conditioning activities can be conducted safely, much less drills, practice, and games,” Fields wrote. “There is simply too much close proximity involved to safely conduct these activities.”

“It is our responsibility to ensure that the health and safety of our children is placed above any athletic endeavor at any time or place,” Fields continued.

Late Tuesday afternoon, BESE responded, saying it doesn’t have the authority to call off sports for public schools. In a statement, the board says that decision is up to local school leaders and the Louisiana High School Athletic Association.

Coronavirus Latest

Where's my unemployment money? The wait for answers is long

As COVID-19 cases rise, doctors worry deaths will follow

Louisiana COVID-19 hospitalizations rebound, reach highest level since day 1 of reopening

Track COVID-19: Louisiana Coronavirus Outbreak Map

Gov: Louisiana 'going in the wrong direction' in coronavirus fight

► Get breaking news from your neighborhood delivered directly to you by downloading the new FREE WWL-TV News app now in the IOS App Store or Google Play. 

‎Stay up-to-date with the latest news and weather in the New Orleans area on the all-new free WWL TV app. Our app features the latest breaking news that impacts you and your family, interactive weather and radar, and live video from our newscasts and local events. LOCAL & BREAKING NEWS * Receive r...