NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A student athlete at Ashley High School has tested positive for COVID-19, New Hanover County Schools announced Monday.
“We didn’t get notification until late yesterday evening,”says NHCS Superintendent for Student Support Services Julie Varnam. “We made sure that administration was present this morning at the early practice to make sure that those students knew that they needed to go home and needed to isolate.”
NHCS says the family confirmed this information to the school system and the student last attended athletics practice on Monday, July 6.
“The student was following all health and safety guidelines required by NCHSAA and NHCS and did not enter Ashley High School,” NHCS wrote in a release. “Any close contacts are being identified by the Public Health Department.”
NHCS resumed limited athletic activity for high school student athletes on July 6. The district says workouts are still going on at Ashley High School, thanks to group protocols they have put in place.
“The use of pods number one protects everybody involved because it limits any potential exposure,”says Varnam. “It also protects the ongoing activities. So, isolating that one pod and the rest of them are able to move on because they have followed all the precautions.”
NHCS has yet to make a decision on the upcoming fall sports season, but they say it will be a balancing act that they take extremely serious.
“We are not going to completely mitigate risk, but we are following the guidelines to minimize the risk,”says Varnam. “We understand that this is about balancing overall health of our students and our community.”