Football players in the Sunflower County Consolidated School District were all set to resume practice this week in hopes of an abbreviated 2020 season, but it is not to be.
The district released a statement Friday afternoon announcing that fall sports has officially been suspended.
This includes football, cheerleading, band, choir and cross country.
The decision came after mandatory COVID-19 tests this week revealed several positives among would-be participants.
“The results from Tuesday’s tests have been reported, and we have received information from the health department that several students have tested positive,” SCCSD said in the Friday release to the media. “The health department, as well as our district nurses immediately began the process of notifying parents of the students, and informed the district of the numbers, without providing names of specific students.”
All athletic practices, scrimmages and training have been put on hold within the district until further notice, and SCCSD said it will revisit this decision at the end of the first nine weeks, as well as the current 100% virtual learning option.
Football had been a big question mark for the district for several weeks, as many neighboring school districts and regular opponents had backed out already earlier this summer, but the school board voted last week to allow the shortened season to continue depending heavily on parents’ willingness to sign waivers and the results of this week’s COVID-19 tests.