NEWBURGH, Ind. (WFIE) - Castle High School cancels its varsity football game against Bosse High School Friday evening after a Knights player tests positive for COVID-19. School leaders learned of the case on Friday morning.
Mother Lori Leduc has a son on the Freshman team.
“I was really disappointed for all the varsity players, especially the seniors; this is their last year,” Leduc expressed. “The hope has been that we would be able to barrel through and make this season happen for all of our players.”
As of Friday afternoon, school administrators say 66 students are under quarantine protocol after being considered close contacts to students who have tested positive for the virus.
Leduc tells 14 News Friday was the final day of her son’s two week quarantine after being identified as a close contact from a classmate who previously tested positive.
“So, he is very anxious to finish this up,” Leduc added. “Completely healthy, completely asymptomatic and ready to get back at it once practices start next week.”
Additional students may need to quarantine once contact tracing is complete on that case from the football team. We’re told that player currently attends classes virtually.
Warrick County Schools Superintendent Brad Schneider also says as of Friday, 13 students have tested positive and 4 staff.
“Our teachers are working extremely hard, putting in long hours making sure they can cover the instruction they deem is regular, is normal,” Schneider stated. “Even though we’re not working in a regular time frame. So, my hat is off to them.”
The Superintendent says because the student on the football team that tested positive is a virtual learning student, they are not expecting those quarantine numbers to increase dramatically.
School administrators released the following statement on Friday afternoon in regard to the cancellation:
Castle High School was made aware of a positive COVID-19 case within the Castle Football program this morning. At this time, we have not been able to complete the contact tracing process and feel that it is in the best interest for the safety of both schools and communities to cancel the Varsity Football contest scheduled for Friday, September 4, 2020. The game will not be rescheduled.
All tickets purchased from Castle High School may be returned to the Atheltic Office for a refund.