With coronavirus cases on the rise in Louisville, Jefferson County Public Schools is suspending fall sports starting next week. This morning, JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio announced that this weekend’s games will continue as scheduled, but next week’s regular season games will need to be rescheduled. Contests that are already in postseason play will continue as scheduled. JCPS will review data again next Thursday.
Here’s the statement from JCPS:
Dear JCPS Families:
Our coaches and student-athletes have taken tremendous precautions to create the safest environment possible while following all of the guidelines established by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA). The health and safety of everyone in our JCPS community is central to our planning and decisions made now and in the future.
As you know, Jefferson County is now categorized as being a “red” county due to the number of COVID-19 cases in our area, meaning there are at least 25 cases per 100,000 people. This is the highest level of COVID-19 categories determined by the Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky Department of Public Health. State guidance advises district leaders to review the data to make a decision about sports for the upcoming week. After reviewing this week’s data and guidelines established by the state, JCPS will:
- Allow contests that fall under KHSAA postseason jurisdiction to proceed as scheduled.
- Play scheduled games for tonight and this weekend.
- Follow KHSAA Healthy at Sports guidance which allows practice, but no games or game-like simulations for teams not already in postseason play.
- Reschedule regular season contests planned for next week, when possible.
- Review the data again on Thursday evening and make another determination about athletics next Friday morning.
This has been a difficult decision that our JCPS administrators have spent hours discussing. We know sports bring valued skills to a student’s life, both on and off the field. JCPS has an obligation to follow the guidance and direction from state leaders and health officials. It is our hope that we can resume full practices and contests very soon. Let’s work together and look out for one another as we move towards our common goal of ensuring the safest experience possible for all students.
Marty Pollio, Superintendent
Jefferson County Public Schools