High school football is underway in the Bluegrass, and already, some schools are under fire for ignoring COVID-19 protocols. In a meeting of the Board of Control this morning, KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett said a few schools in South Central Kentucky are at risk of having fall sports shut down after not requiring masks at last weekend’s football games.
“The other thing I’ll say is an overarching concern, we already have a couple of school systems that are in danger of getting a letter from us that recommends they not hold any competition. They are totally ignoring any of the guidance. We have more than one report about a couple of schools in South Central Kentucky that are not requiring masks. As a matter of fact, their athletic director is greeting teams without a mask on. There’s just an almost ambivalence to the fact or a total neglect of the fact that there’s even a problem.”
Tackett also said the KHSAA received a report of a coach allowing who tested positive for the virus to practice.
“We also have a very difficult report that we started working on when we got it yesterday from two different people where we may have had a positive test for COVID known to a coach who allowed a player to continue to practice. Held him out of a game, but allowed him to continue practicing, jeopardizing not only everybody in that team but the others in that contest if there was transmission. If that occurred…they’re jeopardizing everybody’s season.”
Also an issue: schools allowing too many fans at games. Tackett didn’t single any schools out, but said schools must be enforce mask requirements and social distancing.
“Here’s the risk: they’re going to jeopardize the games being played at all or they’re going to jeopardize their ability to attend. Some of our districts were a whole lot more aggressive in attendance allowance than what was recommended and that’s their prerogative. That’s their prerogative. I dare say a couple of them that did that would like to have had that decision over again and phased in a little bit and learned a little bit because you have trouble controlling that.”