School Sports Face Uncertain Future

Already, 38 people in Eastern Kentucky have tested positive in an outbreak that spread through Hazard Independent High School football players.

Posted: Jul 21, 2020 10:32 PM
Updated: Jul 22, 2020 10:31 AM

The rise in COVID-19 cases has all eyes on Kentucky's friday night lights.

Schools are moving ahead with plans for those fall football games, but that's causing fears to skyrocket across the state.

Football, cheerleading, band--any extracurriculars could look very different, as already, hard-hit states are shifting their seasons.

Sports are in the spotlight just a day after Governor Andy Beshear shared he took his own son away from the field over COVID-19 concerns:

"When we got there, every team had kids in the dugout. That's the number one rule. That's a tiny space. No masks. Sadly, little kids all running around together on the playgrounds, which we know is something that we shouldn't do. I looked around, and I said, 'this isn't safe for my kid.'"

That same day, 38 people in Eastern Kentucky--18 football players, three coaches and 17 family members--tested positive in an outbreak among Hazard Independent High School players.

Now, it's delay of game for student-athletes across the country.

California school are looking at a December or January start.

"Obviously it's unfortunate that we can't start as soon as possible, but it's better than not having a season," explained Pioneer High School student Dat Huynh.

And this Tuesday, Texas is moving their sports schedules as well.

With Governor Beshear noting the spread even among the littlest Kentuckians:

"Two, just three months old. Both in Jefferson County, but all over. Green County, Boyd County, Bourbon County. This is impacting the children and the youngest amongst us."

What student-athletes, and their parents across the state are still waiting on, is to see just how sports will shape up come start of school.

But everyone involved in Kentucky's schools is keeping a close eye on the fall.

The interim Commissioner of Education is set to ask the Kentucky Board of Education to allow more flexibility with staff emergency leave days.

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