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Kingston schools suspend summer athletics until July 6 due to COVID-19

Kingston Public Schools said it has suspended all summer athletic activities for the rest of...
Kingston Public Schools said it has suspended all summer athletic activities for the rest of June due to COVID-19. (KXII)
Published: Jun. 15, 2020 at 6:17 PM CDT
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Kingston schools announced on Sunday all summer athletic activities will be suspended until July 6 due to what the school calls an increase in COVID-19 activity within the community.

According to the state health department, Marshall County had four new cases of COVID-19 since June 7, bringing the active case count to five.

Taylor Wiebener, Kingston athletic director, said no students or coaches have contracted the virus but the school is not taking any chances.

"We want to err on the side of caution and our students' safety is our number one concern," Wiebener said.

Summer pride weightlifting, open gyms and baseball and softball camps are canceled.

The school had already put in several cleaning measures, cut down on the number of students who could attend, as well as decided not to travel to other schools this summer.

"It's a virus," Wiebener said. "It's something that we don't know a lot about but we know that it's bad. It's something we're battling against. It's kind of like a visiting team at a basketball game, I guess. They're trying to figure out how to beat it. We're trying to figure out how to make it safer for our kids so they don't get it."

Meanwhile, Chad Speer, head football coah at Madill said the district will continue with the precautions they have in place like temperature checks, splitting up workout groups and cleaning between weightlifting sessions.

"I feel like we've done a really good job of that and haven't had any issues up to this point," Speer said. "Obviously, we're aware of the situations around us. Our administration is working closely with the health department and their suggestions and their protocols moving forward."

Both schools said it is a little early to determine the impact of the precautions on the upcoming athletic seasons.

Kingston Schools said the cancellation does not include summer classes and meal deliveries.

The school said it will reevaluate and make any changes for athletics once July 6 arrives.