JCPS letter says football canceled next week but other sports can compete in postseason

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JCPS letter says football canceled next week but other sports can compete in postseason
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Jefferson County Public Schools will cancel high school football games next week but allow other fall-sports teams to compete in postseason play, according to a letter sent to JCPS parents Friday morning. Postseason play is scheduled next week in soccer, volleyball, field hockey and cross country. […]

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Jefferson County Public Schools will cancel high school football games next week but allow other fall-sports teams to compete in postseason play, according to a letter sent to JCPS parents Friday morning.

Postseason play is scheduled next week in soccer, volleyball, field hockey and cross country. Regular-season play is scheduled in football.

JCPS will review data again next Thursday to determine whether football teams can return to play Nov. 6, which is the final Friday night of the regular season.

JCPS football teams with games scheduled for this Friday night will be allowed to play.

"This has been a difficult decision that our JCPS administrators have spent hours discussing," JCPS superintendent Marty Pollio wrote in the letter. "We know spors bring valued skills to a student' life, both on and off the field. JCPS has an obligation to follow the guidance and direction from state leaders and health officials."

Pollio sent the letter Friday morning after reviewing updated state data Thursday evening that has Jefferson County still in the "red" zone for its COVID-19 incidence rate.

That rate is a 7-day average of the daily number of cases per 100,000 residents. As of Thursday evening, Jefferson County had a rate of 30.9, according to the Kentucky Department for Public Health's map. A rate of 25 or higher is considered red or "critical."

Monday’s schedule features the state field hockey championship game, the quarterfinals of the state soccer tournaments and the start of volleyball regional tournaments. The state cross country championships are set for next Friday and Saturday in Paris.

Among the games canceled next week are the annual Old Rivalry between Male and Manual. It’s the oldest high school football rivalry in Kentucky, first kicking off in 1893.

Male athletic director John Kelsey and Manual athletic director David Zuberer said their schools are open to rescheduling the game for Nov. 6, if JCPS teams are allowed to resume playing then and other scheduling logistics can be worked out. Manual does not have a game scheduled Nov. 6. Male is scheduled to play at Ballard that night.

Other games involving JCPS football teams on next week’s schedule were Atherton at Kentucky Country Day, Butler at Ballard, Central at Fern Creek, Seneca at Doss, Waggener at Eastern, Fairdale at Central Hardin, Iroquois at Western, South Oldham at Jeffersontown, Thomas Nelson at Moore, North Hardin at Pleasure Ridge Park, Eminence at Shawnee and Southern at Valley.

While not a result of the JCPS announcement, Friday's Scott County at Ballard football game was canceled. Scott County was not allowed to travel to Ballard because of Jefferson County's status as a red county.

This story will be updated.

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