Posted by on September 5, 2020 3:28 am

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Williams Valley School District has canceled its season-opening football game, scheduled for Sept. 11, after two student-athletes tested positive for COVID-19.

Additionally, all extra-curricular activities at Williams Valley have been suspended until Sept. 7.

2 Williams Valley Students Test Positive for COVID-19

Earlier this week, the school delayed the start of the 2020-2021 school term, citing online streaming problems. The next day, the Williams Valley school board voted to approve a full reopening of the schools, allowing students to attend in-person classes 5 days a week. The new school year starts on Sept. 8.

However, on Wednesday, the school announced that 2 student-athletes had tested positive. To prevent an outbreak, the school stopped all extra-curricular activity, including sports. The school canceled its Sept. 11 football game against Pine Grove.

Pine Grove found a new game quickly, though. It will now host Notre Dame-Green Pond on Friday.

Williams Valley says it’s notified the Pennsylvania Dept. of Health and is following the guidance it received to deal with the positive test results.

“The student-athletes are quarantined and are recovering at home. The individuals in question did have contact with other members of the Williams Valley girls’ soccer and football teams within the past 14 days. Those that were identified as potential close contacts are being notified. The individuals were not showing symptoms as of the last time that workouts were held,” the school posted to its Facebook page.

Williams Valley isn’t the first area school to halt at least one sport due to a COVID infection.

Back in August, North Schuylkill halted activity in one sport due to a student testing positive for COVID-19.

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