LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Fayette County Public Schools will follow the fall sports schedule set by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA).
The decision came Monday night during a Fayette County Board of Education meeting.
Superintendent Manny Caulk says if the district were to see a spike in coronavirus cases due to sports, it wouldn’t hesitate to stop practices and games.
Under the KHSAA schedule, fall sports practices could begin today across the state. Last Friday, Fayette County Public Schools called off practices so the board could further explore what fall sports should look like in the midst of the pandemic.
“The thing everyone holds most dear is their children. And so, everyone is very serious,” Rob Sayre, FCPS Athletics Director said.
With Monday’s decision, practices can begin, fall sports competition can begin September 7, with the exception of football, which is scheduled to begin with the first round of games on September 11.
Prior to Monday’s board meeting, student-athletes and parents gathered outside the district’s administration building rallying in support of following the KHSAA fall sports schedule.
Players there saying so far conditioning has felt safe and everyone is doing their part.
“We have been taking the precautions necessary and we have been respectful of what they’ve wanted,” Emily Coke said.
Coke is gearing up for her senior soccer season at Frederick Douglass.
“It’s not just playing the game it’s so many more aspect than that,” Coke said.
Like friendships, discipline, and for seniors like Coke, possibly college scholarships.
The later is something on Henry Clay football player William Webb’s mind too.
“Me and many other people are relying on this season, to see college scouts and them to see us. It’s our ticket to college really,” Webb said.
The board also discussed the correlation of student athletes testing positive and practices so far.
Based on the district’s data of the 11 cases reported since fall conditioning began on June 29th none of them were contracted because of sports.
Sayre says other factors contributed like vacations or family members getting COVID-19.
A dad of a Henry Clay football player Bryan Henderson had a similar mentality COVID-19 is contractible anywhere, but a controlled environment might actually be less risky.
“There’s risk in everything in life and we don’t know if we’re promised tomorrow. And who knows in the spring if it’s going to look like this March. We’ve got the solid numbers now, and we should just move forward,” Henderson said.