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Parent files emergency injunction against KHSAA "return to play" policy

Posted at 9:37 PM, Feb 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-20 21:39:02-05

MOUNT STERLING, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Mount Sterling parent has filed an emergency injunction against the Kentucky High School Athletic Association to stop a "return to play" policy.

This policy lays out guidelines for when students would be able to return to sports after being exposed to or testing positive for COVID-19.

In the statement released to LEX 18, the issue at hand is that if an athlete tests positive, they must sit out at least 22 days. The statement reads that this is more strict than most amateur or professional sports.

The parent behind the injunction, Dr. Jon Kelly Johnson, has a son who is a varsity baseball player for Montgomery County High School. When the pandemic hit last year, their season was canceled.

"We would like an elected judge to ask the KHSAA why they know more than the doctors from the CDC, NCAA, SEC, MLB, NFL, and NBA," said Dr. Johnson. "Haven't these Kentucky children that participate in spring sports been through enough? None of them had a season last Spring and now if they have a positive test, it could cost them a third or more of this year's season also. The SEC just implemented their return to play policy and SEC athletes can return to play on day 14. If 14 days is good enough for Kentucky basketball players, it should be good enough for the boys and girls playing high school sports in Kentucky."

He's asking a Montgomery County court to issue a temporary injunction against the policy.

Below is the timeline for an athlete who tests positive according to the KHSAA's website.

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