Clinton Community Schools announced Wednesday that it will be temporarily postponing all football-related activities after authorities were informed of a positive COVID-19 test result from a student-athlete at the school.
Due to the health and safety concerns, the school had no choice but to shut down football practice for the week and revisit the situation over the weekend. However, the limited exposure the athlete had to other athletic teams gave the school enough confidence to proceed with other fall sports practices.
“Clinton Community Schools was informed that a student-athlete tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday,” the school-released statement read. “As a result, football practice has been temporarily suspended. The student-athlete has not participated in any district activities since before the onset of symptoms. However, contact tracing is being initiated under the guidance of the Lenawee Health Department.
“After consultation with the Lenawee County Health Department, it was determined that other athletic activities could continue due to the timing of the student-athletes’ onset of symptoms and the limited likelihood of exposure to other athletic teams. Nonetheless, the district is working closely with the Health Department to conduct contact tracing for the purpose of identifying all individuals who may have been in close contact with the COVID-19 positive student. Those individuals will be contacted personally by someone from the Health Department with additional guidance.”
The case at Clinton follows similar situations at Ferndale, Utica, Utica Ford, Utica Eisenhower and Birmingham Seaholm earlier this week. Throughout the summer, athletic events were canceled at schools such as Clarkston, Rochester Adams, Dearborn High and Brooklyn Columbia Central, Portage Northern, Portage Central, South Lyon, Richmond and Ann Arbor Huron.
Clinton intends to proceed with its fall sports schedule after clearing proper protocols with the local and statewide health departments. Last week, the Lansing School District voted against its three-member schools participating in any fall sports activities this year, becoming the first Michigan school district to make such a move.
The possibility of moving all fall sports to the spring of 2021 is currently being discussed as an option by the MHSAA, according to executive director Mark Uyl, who appeared on the talk radio program The Huge Show on Wednesday to discuss the state of prep sports in Michigan.
“In the model that some other states are looking at, especially those in the upper Midwest, if things have to get moved, you’re then probably looking at a redo of the fall in March, April, May, and then your spring sports with some overlap going May, June and finishing up in July,” Uyl said. “I think that’s as accurate as I can speculate right now, but just looking at a 30,000-foot view, that would be the most logical scenario right now.”
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