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The Franklin County School System has officially postponed school sports through at least March 31 due to concerns about the novel coronavirus.

Athletes from across the 18 total spring teams at Franklin County High, Huntland, North and South will have to wait until at least April 1 to resume their respective seasons.

In addition to games being postponed, teams will also have their practices postponed until at least the end of the month.

The decision to officially postpone the season came Monday morning as the school system was in the middle of its spring break.

The choice came hours after Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee released a statement asking school systems across the state to shut down for a few weeks to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The spring sports regular season runs through March and April with postseason play at the high school level running through mid-May.

If the season can resume on April 1, then teams will still be able to play most of their original schedules.

COVID-19 has had a massive impact on sports across the country.

The NBA and NHL have both suspended their seasons indefinitely while MLS and MLB have postponed the beginning of their respective seasons.

The XFL cancelled its premier season due to the virus with plans to start again in 2021.

The effects of the virus have now trickled down from the national sports stage to the local level.