TAYLOR COUNTY—Phase III of offseason conditioning for high school teams is well underway in many counties across the state but in three counties, including Taylor County, sport-specific practices have been delayed due to rising COVID-19 cases.
Taylor County began their summer “live period” workouts on Monday but on Tuesday, the county made the decision to suspend Phase III for all winter and spring sports.
According to a statement released by the Taylor County Superintendent and BOE:
“Taylor County Schools, supported by Dr. Bender and the health department, are suspending Phase III of our return to sports for all winter and spring sports. This suspension includes Taylor County Middle and Grafton High School. It was determined that the need for masks indoors when social distancing is not possible (sic) would make a sport like basketball difficult. We are also concerned with athletes that participate in more than one sport increasing exposure among students. Fall sports will continue with no aerobic activities or scrimmages held indoors. Volleyball will be reconsidered in a few weeks. A reminder that athletes can only participate in one fall sport during Phase III. We thank you for your continued support of our student-athlete.”
On Tuesday, Marion County schools also stopped practices for the three-week live period. East Fairmont, Fairmont Senior, and North Marion had begun their workouts this Monday as well.
Wetzel County announced on Monday that practices for Hundred, Magnolia, and Paden City High Schools have been canceled for the next two weeks and released the following statement:
“Due to the unknown nature of the increase of COVID cases in Wetzel County, the Wetzel/Tyler Health Department has directed us to curtail all extra-curricular activities (3-week period/Phase 3) for two weeks. During the two weeks, they will monitor the situation and will provide us with further information and guidance regarding how to proceed in the continuation of this phase. We are following the directive and ask all of you to stay safe, wear masks, and follow the CDC guidelines. If you have been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive, the health department has asked that you quarantine for two weeks to ensure safety for yourself, family and others.”
Further information about fall, winter, and spring sports in Taylor County will be reported as it becomes available.