LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — In an announcement released on Sunday, Fayette County Public Schools states that all athletics and extracurricular curricular activities will be "paused" for two weeks.
That decision will not apply to the six HS football teams preparing to take part in the KHSAA postseason, which is starting next week.
“We cannot ignore that the spread of COVID-19 continues to escalate,” said Fayette County Public Schools Chief of High Schools James McMillin. “We are seeing record-breaking positivity rates and positive cases across the state and our community.”
The positivity rate across Kentucky is currently at 8.88% according to the latest report from the governor.
McMillin says the decision will be reevaluated the week of November 30, which is after Thanksgiving.
In a statement to Fayette County families, McMillin said, in part:
"This is just hitting the pause button to allow our community to get COVID-19 under control. The only reason we are letting football continue is because to do otherwise would preclude them from the chance at competing for a state championship and would take away our seniors’ final opportunity to play at the high school level."