Two Foxcroft Academy student-athletes recently tested positive for COVID-19, as they were involved in summer session workouts at school.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we canceled summer workouts on Tuesday after hearing rumors that student-athletes were exhibiting coronavirus symptoms,” said Arnold Shorey, Foxcroft Academy Head of School. “We were alerted on Wednesday that two of them tested positive. After consulting with medical professionals, we informed parents of students that would have come into contact with the infected student-athletes at the workouts.”
Maine Principal Association sanctioned summer workouts have been in session since July 6th. FA student-athletes and coaches have followed health and safety protocols every day at these sessions, as set forth by the MPA Sports Medicine Committee that includes screening on-site before each practice, and following MPA guidelines.
“The infected student-athletes did not contract the virus on campus as the exposure happened elsewhere,” added Shorey. “The athletes are not to be blamed as nothing was done knowingly.”
Currently, Foxcroft Academy is postponing summer workouts, and the decision as to when to start back up will be discussed later. The MPA recently set September 8th as the starting date for fall sports preseason.
“Unfortunately, this is probably foreshadowing what will come this fall as we know the virus exists everywhere,” said Shorey. “I hope that this will work itself out and be contained before the start of school so that we can have in-person instruction in the hybrid model.”
We will update this story as more information becomes available.