SPRINGFIELD – Springfield Public Schools on Tuesday announced a two-week “break” from winter sports after a student-athlete was infected with the coronavirus.
The decision, made in consultation with Springfield Health and Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris, halted all athletic events and training until Feb. 5, the school system said.
The identity of the student is kept confidential. Anyone who has been directly exposed to the student will be contacted directly, tasked with self-quarantining themselves for two weeks and testing appropriately, said Azell Cavaan, the schools communications manager.
Caulton-Harris informed city councilors of the winter sports hiatus in an online meeting on Tuesday.
The decision to suspend the program is “out of caution” to help mitigate the community spread of the coronavirus, Cavaan said.
All student athletes and coaches were tested for COVID-19 before the start of the winter season.
A new test for COVID-19 is already scheduled for the week of February 1 and training is expected to resume on February 5 for all student athletes not directly exposed and tested negative at that time, she said.
Springfield Public Schools will also inform all student athletes and their families of the positive COVID-19 case and the public health and safety measures taken by the district, Cavaan said.