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Community spread of COVID-19 leads FCPS to pause athletics and extracurricular activities for two weeks

Effective Nov. 15, Fayette County Public Schools is pausing all athletics and extracurricular activities with the exception of the high school football teams entering the KHSAA postseason. “We cannot ignore that the spread of COVID-19 continues to escalate,” said Chief of High Schools James McMillin. “We are seeing recording-breaking positivity rates and positive cases across the state and our community.”

McMillin underscored that this is a pause, and the possible resumption of student activities will be evaluated after Thanksgiving, the week of Nov. 30. “This is not a total cancellation. It just means all extracurricular activities and winter sports practices, conditioning sessions, and games are cancelled until further notice,” he said. “We are only making an exception for our football teams because we don’t want them to miss the opportunity to compete for the state championship or take away our seniors’ final opportunity to play at the high school level.”

Superintendent Manny Caulk praised district and school leaders, athletic directors, coaches, advisers, students, and families for ensuring that rigorous safety protocols have been consistently followed. “Their vigilance has allowed us to practice, play, and offer student activities for as long as we have,” Caulk said. “We have not seen any transmission on teams. The athletes and coaches who have tested positive have all been from community transmission.”

That said, Caulk noted that the significant increases in COVID-19 in Lexington are concerning. “This decision is not a reaction to a specific incident,” he said. “Since June, we have been proactive, and every decision we have made about student activities has been led by science in order to mitigate risks to athletes, coaches, and families. The science tells us now that we should hit the pause button. To do otherwise would be irresponsible.”

(Posted Nov. 15, 2020) 

Lisa Deffendall, district spokeswoman
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