The Christian County Board of Education voted to restart athletics Thursday night at a special called meeting.

On May 28 KHSAA voted to allow athletics in Kentucky schools could resume meeting June 1. The association also voted to eliminate the annual dead period — usually scheduled for the last week of June until the second week of July — so student athletes could work out.

The first two weeks of June are set aside for students to get their physical and for their parents to sign the necessary waivers regarding both the sport and COVID-19.

On June 15, certain low-impact athletic programs can begin to practice. High-impact sports teams will meet at a later date.

“For example, football is high impact,” CCPS Superintendent Chris Bentzel said. “So there is some more time that has to be worked out for a sport like football.

“But golf is low impact. So they can start practice June 15.”

Although KHSAA is allowing teams to meet again, it has still left gymnasiums in the state closed. So, certain indoor sports will not be able to practice.

Those sports will focus on outdoor workouts. Weight rooms will be open, so players can work out there as well.

KHSAA mandates that teams can only workout and practice in groups of 10. Bentzel said that CCPS teams will work out in groups of eight, with two coaches with each group.

Those coaches will only work with the same eight players. Each coach and player will have their temperature checked each day before practice.

Bentzel said that if a student has a fever, they will be placed with a coach and separated from other students until their parents arrive. If a student tests positive for COVID-19, the district will follow the health department’s protocols.

The same rules will apply to the bands in the district as well.

“Positive tests are very possible here,” board attorney Jack Lackey said. “Because if you’ve been paying any attention to college football the last few days, as students have come back to college campuses a significant number of those student athletes have tested positive.”

Board member Tom Bell asked if a student who has been practicing tests positive, would the health department shut the team down.

“They may,” Bentzel said. “And that’s when they take over, with a positive test. Just like they would if it was an employee.”

At first, the district is prioritizing bringing back fall sports, Bentzel said. Volleyball, football, soccer, cross country and golf will be the only teams allowed to meet for the first couple of weeks.

“And then we’re going to, tentatively in July, open up the rest of sports for activities, meetings, workouts,” Bentzel said.

Reach Jon Russelburg at 270-887-3241 or jrusselburg@kentuckynewera.com

Reach Jon Russelburg at 270-887-3241 or jrusselburg@kentuckynewera.com

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