Kentucky Education Department Not Considering Canceling High School Sports

Despite rumors circulating online, the Kentucky Department of Education says it's not considering canceling sports seasons at its special meeting on Aug. 28.

Posted: Aug 27, 2020 2:31 PM
Updated: Aug 27, 2020 4:26 PM

A statement released by Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown is dispelling rumors about the fate of high school sports in the Bluegrass State.

According to Interim Commissioner Brown, though the board of education's special meeting on Aug. 28 will include a report from KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett about the status of fall sports, the board won't be considering canceling sports seasons at the meeting.

“I want to correct some misinformation that is being spread across social media and news outlets," the statement from Interim Commissioner Brown says. "The Kentucky Board of Education will not be considering canceling sports seasons at its special meeting Aug. 28."

"There is a narrowly tailored agenda that includes a report from KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett about the status of fall sports, a report and discussion from Department for Public Health Commissioner Steven Stack, concerns from superintendents, and possibly authorizing a letter from the board to the KHSAA Board of Control voicing concerns about high-contact fall sports," Brown went on to explain.

In his statement, Interim Commissioner Brown says the KHSAA is the "designated agent" of the Kentucky Board of Education and that its authority will be respected, but that "the board still has a moral obligation to review matters that could affect the health and safety of students."

You can view Kentucky Department of Education Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown's full statement on the special meeting by clicking here

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