Kentucky Board of Education votes to send letter to KHSAA urging further consideration

Published: Aug. 28, 2020 at 4:02 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 28, 2020 at 5:20 PM EDT
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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - After comments from KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett, Kentucky Commissioner of Public Health, Dr. Steven Stack and several superintendents, the Kentucky Board of Education voted unanimously to send a letter to the KHSAA urging them to consider “additional consideration of alternative options for high-contact sports.”

Kentucky Board of Education member Mike Bowling says the board will allow fall sports in Kentucky to move forward, but they want the association to take into account their recommendations for safety.

“We all made some recommendations as to what we thought would be important for the safety of football players in practice and in games,” Bowling said after the meeting with WYMT. “We’re just asking that the Kentucky High School Athletics Association adopts recommendations that we’ve made in our letter, ok.”

Even with moving forward, officials are wary of high schools not following guidelines in reporting and isolating players who may have come into contact with COVID-19. If that’s the case, Bowling says those schools may be forced to stop playing.

“If the school is cheating on the recommendations made by the Governor and is cheating on the recommendations made by Dr. (Steven) Stack and the public health services then yes, we will have the Kentucky High School Athletic Association disband their program for this year.”

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