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Ahead of KHSAA Board of Control meeting, NFHS answers questions on upcoming fall sports season

The KHSAA Board of Control will meet on Tuesday, July 28 at 10 a.m.
Published: Jul. 27, 2020 at 6:12 PM EDT
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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - The NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations) held a news conference on Monday to take questions on the upcoming fall sports season and the possibility of it. Executive Director, Dr. Karissa Niehoff, discussed topics from having fans in the stands, which she says depends on the situation, to having different sports with different start times.

Niehoff talked about the possibility of a positive case during a season, something that she expects to happen should sports happen in the fall. However, she expects associations to have a plan in place.

“I don’t think it’s realistic to expect that we will not see testing that reveals a positive case,” Niehoff said. “It’s our hope that if there are positive cases, the actual symptoms that are developed are mild for our young people. But we are certainly seeing state associations developing action plans for how to isolate and ultimately quarantine any positive tests.”

In addition, Niehoff discussed wanting to bring students back because of the research on what extra-curricular or co-curricular activities mean to high school students, especially sports.

“We know that kids will tell us the co-curricular experience engages them in school. They come to school, they apply themselves to do well in school so that they can participate after school. A lot of kids report that.”

Niehoff and the NFHS don’t make the decisions for the individual federations, but do put out guidelines for high school sports and activities.

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