Nacogdoches ISD suspends female workouts after student gets COVID-19

Nacogdoches ISD suspends female workouts after student gets COVID-19
Nacogdoches ISD (Source: Nacogdoches ISD)

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - Nacogdoches ISD has suspended female workouts for two weeks after learning a student has tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the school’s Facebook page, the school learned of the positive test on June 26. The student last participated at the school on June 18.

“We have a process that if we have a student-athlete, male or female, that has the potential of coming into contact with or has potential of a positive test to self isolate for 14 days,” Nacogdoches Athletic Director Darren Allman said. “The communication on this was great going back to the 18th. That student-athlete was self isolating

The school states they implemented all the proper screenings and guidelines and the risk of spread is low. The school is suspending female workouts until July 13. They will deep clean the areas the athletes had access to.

“We understand this is not the end of the world,” Allman said. “This is about keeping our kids safe.”

The district will allow for male athletes to continue voluntary workouts.

“We haven’t had any issues there and we haven’t been sharing any facilities with the girls. They have been going at different times. We feel like it is safe to continue.”

The district has divided the larger groups of girls into small cohorts as a way to help minimize any potential spread. The idea is that if one person in a cohort gets the virus then you can isolate just that small group. The problem though in this case is that several female students after strength and conditioning go to multiple sports specific workouts.

“That makes tracing a lot easier and it keeps you from having to shutdown,” Allmen said. “You can just isolate that group if there is potential of someone coming down with the COVID. That is part of the challenge with our girls is that a lot of those girls play multiple sports so when we get into sports specific workouts,a lot of the girls are working different sports so that makes it challenging.”

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