GISH football athletes and staff to quarantine; season delayed

Football staff and student athletes to quarantine until August 19 after COVID-19 exposure.
Published: Aug. 9, 2020 at 1:19 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island Public Schools has announced that more GISH staff members and student athletes will quarantine after an employee in the football department has tested positive for COVID-19.

Student athletes are required to quarantine until Aug. 19. The quarantine will not move athletes to virtual school. They will return to school in person on Aug. 20 and practice will resume on Aug. 24.

Moving forward all athletes and coaches will be required to wear masks at all times during practice and games. Visiting teams will also have to wear them on school property.

“This is really a day to day,” GISH Athletic and Activities Director Cindy Wells said. “Decisions are what we’re going to be doing once school starts, but at this time those are the guidelines in place. We’re working really really hard to try to get a fall season going.”

The practice delay will also postpone the start of the football season. GISH’s team originally planned an opening game again Kearney High School on Aug. 28. The schools are working to reschedule that game for a later date. The opening game is now scheduled for Sept. 4 against Lincoln Pius.

In a virtual press conference on Sunday afternoon, Central District Health Department Teresa Anderson said she applauded the district on the handling of these new cases. GIPS is working closely with the department and the NSAA on how to proceed safely.

“The virus may be coming back again to us,” Anderson said. “What we do is try to keep the virus spread as low as possible through the measures at Grand Island schools and all of us are taking right now.”

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