Three Fayette County student athletes and one adult test positive for coronavirus

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Three student athletes and one adult have tested positive for coronavirus over the two and a half weeks since Fayette County Public Schools began workouts.

The districts says the impacted teams include volleyball and soccer at Lafayette High School and football and cheerleading at Frederick Douglass High School.

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Those who have tested positive have mild symptoms and are recovering at home.

The district says in all four cases, staff followed the Fayette County Return to Athletics Guidelines including contact tracing, quarantine requirements, and deep cleaning.

FCPS also says it limited teams into small groups called “pods” of ten or fewer so a pod could be quarantined rather than a whole team and that is what happened in the situations involving the Lafayette volleyball team and Douglass football team. Fewer than ten students and adults have to quarantine for 14 days, but practice continues for others.

Here is the district comment: Since Fayette County Public Schools resumed on-campus conditioning on June 29, more than 7,000 student athletes have participated in workouts across the district’s six high schools.

For Douglass cheer, the district says the adult who tested positive and their pod will quarantine, but the rest of the team can’t practice right now because other coaches are out of town; practice will be suspended.

The district says practice is also suspended for Lafayette soccer because the player who tested positive had a sleepover with students from other pods, meaning more of the team had to quarantine.

Fayette County Public Schools started on-campus conditioning June 29th with more than 7,000 students taking part  in workouts.

FCPS says it has suspended workouts for non-fall sports after July 17th after revision to KHSAA guidelines.

“Safety measures the district has taken include:

  • Installing signage for designated work out areas around campus, and for drop off and pick up points to avoid congregation of students and families before, during, and after practice sessions.
  • Adding outdoor sanitizing stations.
  • Working with Kentucky American Water Company to procure individual water bottles for each athlete.
  • Ensuring an adequate inventory of face shields, masks and no touch thermometers.
  • Training coaches.
  • Developing practice schedules to ensure adequate space for teams and social distancing guidelines.

 

Family expectations include:

  • Ensure child is healthy and check their child’s temperature daily.
  • Provide a full water bottle for each training.
  • Carpooling with other teammates is prohibited.
  • Adhere to social distance requirements based on state and local health guidelines. Entering the practice area or assisting the coach/director with equipment before or after training is prohibited.
  • Wash child’s clothing after every training session.
  • Sanitize all equipment/instruments (e.g. cleats, ball, etc.) before and after every training.
  • Notify the coach/director immediately if your child becomes ill for any reason.
  • Be sure your child has necessary sanitizer with them at all times.

 

Athlete expectations include:

  • Temperature should be taken daily.
  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after training.
  • Bring own water bottle to every practice.
  • Bring hand sanitizer to every training for personal use.
  • Wear mask before and immediately after all training.
  • Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment, water, snack or bag.
  • Practice social distancing by placing bags and equipment at least 6 feet apart.
  • Wash and sanitize all equipment before and after every training.
  • Refrain from group celebrations, including high fives, hugs, handshakes etc.”

 

 

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