SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – Spartanburg County School District Three said all varsity football practices and games have been postponed after they were made aware of a student-athlete testing positive for COVID-19.
According to a news release, the student is asymptomatic and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control believes the student caught the virus outside of school
District officials said all varsity football practices and games are postponed until Sept. 28, 2020.
“For the sake of all our students and staff’s safety, we will be following DHEC’s recommendation to have all varsity football players considered close contacts quarantine during the next 14 days,” according to the release. “Any student within close contact of the asymptomatic students has also been notified by Broome High School.
7 News spoke with parents about the decision.
“I know everybody’s excited about football season starting up and so am I,” Michelle Gregory said.
Michelle Gregory, like many other Broome High School parents, was looking forward to finally watching some Centurion football.
Her son is in 11th grade at Broome and attends many of the games to cheer on his classmates.
“He’s friends with some of the guys who are in our youth group at church, so we do try to support the Broome High School football team,” she said.
But Broome football just got pushed back even more.
“We are always going to prioritize the safety of our students, and there’s still so much that’s just not known about this virus; so, the last thing we want is to take that gamble,” Spartanbrug District 3 spokesperson Aly Myles said.
According to Spartanburg School District 3, a Broome High School football player was in contact with someone outside of the school who tested positive for COVID and, while he’s asymptomatic, he tested positive as well.
“If that student sits in the middle of that class, all of the students surrounding him have been informed, as well as the teachers, and any coaches he might have worked with,” Myles said.
Because of the positive case, the district has decided to postpone all varsity football games and practices for the next two weeks, and the entire team will be quarantining during that time.
“What we’re doing now allows us to continue having school for the students who have not been around this student, as well as continuing sports where this student doesn’t participate; and that way, we’re keeping as many people as safe as possible,” Myles said.
Michelle Gregory said she’s a little disappointed about the delay, but she told 7 News she understands the decision and supports it.
“As a parent, I don’t know that I would want my kid out there,” Gregory said. “It could be a trickle effect. If we don’t take those precautions, we could get back to where we were square one, not being able to go back to school, not being able to get back to activities. So, this is just a short thing.”
“It’s devastating. We know our students want to get out on the field and want to play, but this is making sure they can potentially still have a season in two weeks instead of–worst-case scenario–having to cancel the whole thing. Nobody wants to do that,” Myles said.
Broome’s varsity football team will not be participating in the jamboree that’s scheduled for this Saturday.
They also have a game scheduled against Emerald on September 25th, but they’re working to reschedule that as well.