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JCPS to suspend next week's regular season football games due to COVID-19 surge

The school district said football teams will only be able to practice in small groups. The KHSAA cross country championship on Oct. 31 will proceed.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — According to a letter sent from Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Marty Pollio, high school sports contests scheduled for next week will not be played due to rising COVID-19 cases in the area. 

These are the announced changes for next week:

  • JCPS Cross Country teams will be allowed to compete in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association State Championship on Oct. 31. Cross Country is the only JCPS sport currently in postseason play.
  • Next week’s regular season football games will not be played. 
  • Football teams will practice in small groups .
  • All winter sports can practice in small groups with no game-like simulations during practice.

"JCPS has an obligation to follow the guidance and direction from state leaders and health officials. It is our hope that we can resume full practices and games very soon," Dr. Pollio said in a letter to parents.  

Jefferson County is currently being categorized as being in the "red" meaning there are at least 25 cases per 100,000 people. 

"Our coaches and athletic directors continue to put student safety first and have taken the necessary precautions to protect student-athletes. The health and safety of everyone within our JCPS community is our top priority," the letter states.

School and county leaders review the data on Thursday evening and JCPS will make another determination about athletics next Friday morning, Nov. 6.

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