Participant in Free State High football tests positive for COVID-19; season will continue as planned

photo by: John English/Special to the Journal-World

Free State High School's football stadium is seen from the air in this file photo from October 2009.

Story updated at 1:22 p.m. Sunday

A participant in Free State High School football has tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the quarantine of 36 other players, according to a news release Sunday from the Lawrence school district.

The release identified the student only as a “participant” and provided no further details: “Due to privacy rights, we will not be sharing this student’s name or position.”

The student’s family notified the school, saying the student last participated in football during a practice on Thursday, according to the release. The student did not attend Friday night’s season opener at home against De Soto.

Free State staff and families were notified Saturday evening, as well as “1 coach and 6 players identified as close contacts,” the district said in its release. A subsequent update from the district said that Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health had determined that an additional 30 players should quarantine. All 37 of those individuals will be in quarantine through Sept. 17. The student who tested positive is now isolating per public health requirements.

“This student has our best wishes for a full recovery,” the release said.

The school’s football schedule “has not been affected,” the district’s initial announcement noted. The district did not mention any changes to that plan in its update about the additional quarantined players.


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