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Sadly, the MPA Announces Cancelation of Spring Sports

posted Apr 9, 2020, 2:09 PM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Apr 9, 2020, 2:12 PM ]
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Today, the MPA canceled the spring sports season.

We share the disappointment of our student-athletes and their coaches, but also know this decision was made with the greatest concern for their long-term health and community well-being.  

Be well and stay safe!

Heidi Bernier, CAA
Athletic Director
Waterville Senior and Junior High Schools

April 9, 2020 | For Immediate Release


Contact Person:  Mike Burnham, Executive Director, Maine Principals’ Association


It is with regret that the Maine Principals’ Association announces the cancellation of the 2020 spring athletic season.  Please know that this was not a decision that was taken lightly, but one that the leadership at the MPA felt necessary to help support the recommendations from our Governor’s Office, the Maine CDC, and Commissioner Makin, and the Department of Education, that schools across the state not come back in session and provide remote and distance learning opportunities for the remainder of the school year.  We understand the importance that these athletic and performing arts programs play in the lives of students, their families, and their communities, but also recognize that these education-based activities are a part of the overall educational experience and at this time of uncertainty to adhere with the recommendations of staying at home, maintaining social distancing, and avoiding face-to-face instruction and large group gatherings, is crucial for us to persevere.

We want to recognize the efforts of the hard-working dedicated educators across the entire state as they provide distance learning opportunities to students in Pre-K through 12th grade and to thank them for their work during this COVID-19 crisis.  We also want to recognize the important role that coaches and advisors play in the lives of our young people and would encourage them to continue to reach out to their team members to provide the emotional support that so many students need during this time of uncertainty.

The Maine Principals’ Association is a professional association representing Maine’s K-12 principals, assistant principals, and career and technology center directors.  The Association dates to 1921 and focuses its work on promoting the principalship, supporting principals as educational leaders, and promoting and administering interscholastic activities in grades 9-12.


Michael Burnham
Executive Director – Interscholastic Division

Maine Principals' Association