It’s long been a summer high school football tradition when teams begin rigorous summer workouts in June for the physical preparation of the upcoming season. This summer was no exception for Lake County’s public high schools.
Now the 33 members of Tavares High School’s football team and five of its coaches have been asked by Lake County Schools (LCS) to quarantine for 14 days after two of the players tested positive for COVID-19.
“The team was on the field last week, practicing social distancing during their workouts. A lightning storm came up, and they quickly took cover in the field house where they were unable to maintain that distancing,” said Sheri Owens, the Communications Officer for Lake County Schools. A couple of days later, LCS learned that two players tested positive for the novel coronavirus and asked the 33 students and five adults who were with them to quarantine for 14 days.
As of yesterday, the district had not received any reports of anyone else from the group being symptomatic or testing positive.
Summer workouts for the team have been shut down temporarily, but practices could resume on July 21, although, according to Owens, they have not yet been scheduled by the coaching staff.
In preparation for students’ return to school on August 10, Lake County Schools is offering three instructional options that include traditional in-school learning, full-time Lake County Virtual School and a modified-day learning which is a combination of the two. Read more about the options here.
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