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Leon County cancels remaining in-person summer practices

Published: Jul. 13, 2020 at 3:16 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Leon County Schools have announced all athletic practices have been canceled for the rest of the summer.

The school district made the announcement on Twitter, and says a “final decision” on fall sports will be made in the “coming weeks.”

LCS adds that they have had multiple coaches and student-athletes test positive for coronavirus and want to ensure a safe environment.

This news comes just days after Godby High School’s football program suspended their voluntary summer workouts, but head coach Brandon McCray said no player had tested positive.

A couple of athletic directors from around the county tell WCTV this move was made out of an abundance of caution; they say they don’t feel as if there is an outbreak, but they want to make sure they are doing everything they can as a district to keep players and coaches say.

“We are trying to be as safe as possible,” said Leon County Athletic Director Scott Hanson. “They are still going to have time in the fall to workout and do stuff before they start their season. It’s not like we are going to come back and, boom, have them play a game. So, they are going to have time to get back in shape and do things and they are going to be doing things virtually. It’s not going to slow down what they have been doing; it’s just the face-to-face we are not able to do right now.”

Hanson added several schools moved to virtual workouts before the decision was made.

In-person workouts will end on Wednesday to give parents time to adjust.

On June 23, Leon County announced one county athlete had tested positive, but the athlete nor the school was specified or named.

As of Monday’s 11 a.m. update from the Florida Department of Health, there are 2,448 cases of COVID-19 in Leon County.

This is a developing story.

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