SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A bit of a speed bump has popped up for Springfield Catholic High School. Principal Jeanne Skahan says last Friday, a football coach and a player tested positive for COVID-19. Five total students ended up testing positive, but even more were out of school.
“We may have five students out, but with each one of those students, when you contact trace them, there are probably 10-12 students that are affected by it,” said Skahan. “We found ourselves yesterday looking at close to 100 students being out.”
With around 400 students enrolled at the private high school this year, the district’s contingency plan before the year began pointed to the decision they made to send students home.
“We just decided that we would go virtual beginning today for two weeks,” said Skahan.
All sports at the private school will continue, and follow MSHSAA. Athletic Director Sam Wutke has a straightforward explanation for why the football team is the only program that will have play suspended temporarily.
“That’s where the exposures were,” said Wutke. “I mean if they were in another program, they would be quarantined as well. So it’s really that simple.”
Diana Weaver, who spoke to KOLR10, says her grandson is on the football team and the family knew this was a possibility coming into this year.
“I think they were aware of the fact that things could change, and I think they’ve probably been more accepting of it than some of the parents who are missing the Friday night games,” said Weaver. “I would rather be safe than sorry.”
The school’s virtual learning began Wednesday, Sept. 23, and Principal Skahan says there was good attendance online.