The Fayette County Public Schools system isn’t quite ready to move forward with a fall sports season–yet.
Earlier on Friday, FCPS announced that they will put a hold on the upcoming fall sports season, just one day after the Kentucky High School Athletic Association released plans to begin practicing next week with games set to follow in the coming month. The KHSAA voted 16-2 on Thursday to let practices begin this coming Monday, Aug 24.
In a statement released on Friday afternoon, Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk went ahead and canceled any practices that were scheduled for Monday in order to allow more time and opportunities for members of the board and staff to look over the proposed safety plans.
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“In the interim, there will be no athletic practices Monday in Fayette County,” Caulk said in the statement. “The safety of our students, staff and families will continue to be the primary consideration in everything we do.”
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear stated on Thursday that he would not make any recommendations on the KSHAA plan until he’s had the proper time to look over it himself. Beshear said he was shocked by the announcement from the KHSAA and also added that he will look to ask questions directly to the commissioner.
Both the Fayette County and the Jefferson County Board of Education have announced plans for meetings on Monday evening to discuss how they will handle the fall sports season. Games are currently scheduled to start on Sept. 11 for football and Sept. 7 for all other fall sports.
Also on Friday, Henry Clay High School notified its first two opponents for the season–Pulaski County and Frederick Douglass–that it would be canceling those games, citing “safety concerns” as the reason. The Blue Devils are now expected to begin its football season on Sept. 25 against Central Hardin High School with the number of total games on its schedule cut down to just six.
There isn’t any expectation that an official comment will be given by the FCPS until after Monday’s meeting. In the end, the final decision will come down to whatever Gov. Beshear thinks is best.