By: KDKA-TV News Staff
LEECHBURG Pa. (KDKA) – A local school district is suspending all varsity and junior varsity football activities until next week because of a coronavirus exposure.
The Kiski Area School District says it’s suspending activities because of an identified COVID-19 exposure. The district says it’s following department of health and PIAA guidelines in suspending activities for 14 days after the exposure.
Effective immediately, the Kiski Area School District is suspending all Varsity and JV football activities due to an identified COVID exposure. We will resume normal football related activities on Thursday September 10.
— Kiski Area Football (@kiskifootball) September 1, 2020
Normal football activities will start back up again on Sept. 10.
The team’s scrimmage with Franklin Regional scheduled for Sept. 5 is now canceled. Meanwhile, the season-opening game against Penn Hills set for Sept. 11 is postponed and the game against Connellsville scheduled for Sept. 18 is also pushed back.
“This postponement is in accordance to the PIAA requirement for all football programs in the state of Pennsylvania to complete 5 consecutive days of heat acclimatization and then 10 practices prior to competing in the first game,” the district says.
Amy Scheuneman, the WPIAL executive director, released a statement to KDKA’s Jennifer Borrasso, saying:
“We all knew student-athletes would be subject to contracting the virus, but the important piece is the virus was not acquired or spread during athletics. The school’s athletic health & safety plans have identified the cases and are doing what they are designed to do. So we are happy about that.”
Franklin Regional will now scrimmage Canon-McMillan High School this weekend.
“I was disappointed,” Franklin Region coach Greg Botta said. “We’ve been prepping for Kiski. … It’s sooner than later to be honest with you.”
Penn Hills will now play North Allegheny on Friday.
“The season has to be fluid. We will adapt on the fly,” Penn Hill coach Jon LeDonne said.
Other teams like Mt. Lebanon, Peters Township, Seneca Valley and Elizabeth Forward have also been impacted by the coronavirus.