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Chaparral, Saguaro High School football game cancelled after Chaparral player tests positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 6:35 PM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-30 21:36:02-04

SCOTTSDALE, AZ — Scottsdale Unified District officials say a member of Chaparral High School's varsity football team has tested positive for COVID-19.

Officials say the player, who last attended football practice on Friday, Sept. 25, is now in isolation in accordance with the district's coronavirus response plan.

Members of Chaparral’s varsity and junior varsity football teams, their coaches and staff have been notified that they may have been exposed to the ill player and have been instructed to quarantine for 14 days and asked to monitor their health closely.

In addition, Chaparral is working in conjunction with the Maricopa County Health Department to conduct contact tracing to help identify any others who may have been exposed to the virus through close contact with the player.

School officials say Chaparral’s JV game on Oct. 1 and Varsity game on Oct. 2 against Saguaro High School are cancelled, as are those Chaparral teams’ games against Sandra Day O’Connor High School on Oct. 8 and Oct. 9.

Activities and games of the Chaparral freshman football team are still scheduled, as no close contact between the teams has taken place.

Chaparral is not currently open for in-person learning, but is scheduled to re-open, pending health metrics, on Monday, Oct. 12 following the District’s annual fall break the week of Oct. 5 – 9.

“We feel so badly for the affected students that they will not be able to partake in their regular activities during this isolation period,” said Dr. Scott A. Menzel, Superintendent. “However, this does serve as a sharp reminder that in order to keep our schools and extracurricular activities open, we must have the strong cooperation from all families, students and staff to monitor their health, recognize and report symptoms, and stay at home when sick or when a family member is sick.”

On Tuesday, Cactus Shadows High School in Cave Creek reported four students tested positive for the virus.

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