We wanted to inform you of recent developments regarding Covid-19 within the Valley Center High School football team and the impacts on Friday night’s scheduled game with Bishop Carroll Catholic High School.
Over the past couple of days, there have been at least seven football team members and coaches identified as testing positive for Covid-19. Additionally, other team members are being tested because they have symptoms associated with the virus. When investigating the potential exposure to others, multiple players were identified and are also required to remain at home. Given these circumstances and in collaboration with VCHS administration, the high school coaching staff, officials from BCCHS, the Kansas State High School Activities Association, and the Sedgwick County Health Department, we have made the difficult decision to not play Friday night’s game.
Several factors were considered during the decision-making process including the safety of our remaining players, our desire to decrease the potential exposure to other athletes and coaches from VCHS and Bishop Carroll, and to limit the possible spread of the virus in our schools and community as well as in the Bishop Carroll school and community.
We understand this is disappointing news. As much as we wanted to play the game and as important as playing is to our athletes and coaches, their families, and our community, we believe the health and safety of our students and staff must take precedence. Not only have we seen an increase in the number of cases at VCHS, but also within the communities we serve.
We hope that all members of the Hornet family impacted by the virus recover quickly and/or remain healthy. It is our continued commitment of providing learning and extra-curricular opportunities in as safe a manner as possible during this pandemic.