FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Coronavirus Pandemic Forces North Carolina Science Olympiad to Cancel Remaining 2020 Tournaments
RALEIGH, NC (March 11, 2020) – Due to concerns related to COVID-19, the NC State of Emergency, travel restrictions placed on many school districts statewide, and guidance from the Science Olympiad National Office (https://www.soinc.org/play/tournaments), the NC Science Olympiad (NCSO) Board of Directors has voted to cancel the remainder of the 2020 NC Science Olympiad tournament season, to include the State and National tournaments to be held in Raleigh. A statement from NC State University about large campus gatherings was posted on 3/11/20: https://www.ncsu.edu/coronavirus/
“The safety and well-being of students, family members, supervisors, coaches and volunteers is our top priority,” says Amy Baldwin, NCSO board president. “We know how hard students have worked to prepare for competition season and we understand the disappointment participants will feel. We look forward to sharing more information soon on plans in development for new events to generate excitement and support for the 2020/21 season.”
NCSO will waive registration fees for any team not able to compete this season. If fees have already been paid, they will be applied to the 2020/21 tournament season. Science Olympiad is planning to replay the 2020 Rules for the 2021 season so students can retain and reuse their resources and devices.
About North Carolina Science Olympiad
North Carolina Science Olympiad is a nonprofit organization with the mission to attract and retain the pool of K-12 students entering science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees and careers in North Carolina. Every year NCSO hosts tournaments on university, community college, and public school campuses across the state. These tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of different hands-on, interactive, challenging and inquiry-based events that are well balanced between the various disciplines of biology, earth science, environmental science, chemistry, physics, engineering and technology. Learn more about North Carolina Science Olympiad at www.sciencenc.com.
Questions can be directed to Kim Gervase, Executive Director, NCSO, firstname.lastname@example.org.