Football programs at Millennium and Verrado high schools are on hold for two weeks due to a positive COVID-19 case.
The two teams played at Verrado in Buckeye Oct. 16. Millennium was scheduled to play at Sunrise Mountain and Verrado at Canyon View Oct. 23.
But both games did not take place. Verrado and Millennium also will not play games scheduled for Oct. 30.
“We have had to shut down the Verrado and MHS (Millennium) football programs for a 14-day quarantine period,” said Dennis Runyan, Agua Fria Union High School District superintendent, in a letter to families.
“One of the schools had a student who played in the game test positive Sunday (Oct. 18). The Friday game between the two teams falls under a possible symptomatic shedding period and because of the nature of a football game we do not have a way to limit close contact.”
He noted the decision “models a previous practice between two school programs in another nearby district earlier this year and consultation with our health staff... Student and employee safety remain our priority.”
The West Valley View asked Runyan if there have been any “outbreaks” at Agua Fria schools.
“Our total is under five total positive cases reported across multiple different campuses but can change at any time,” Runyan responded via email.
“... We review the county metrics weekly and are presently in the yellow and green columns for measures. There seems to be some public confusion about hot spots as the two or more cases are supposed to be ‘directly related’ through tracing, and our consultation with these matters would continue with health department input before making a decision to close a campus,” he said.
Runyan added hybrid/split scheduling allows for more spacing at schools.
Buckeye Union High School District’s Youngker High School canceled a game several weeks ago, acting BUHSD Superintendent Rob Roberson confirmed.
“After Youngker played Northwest Christian the first week, we found out Sunday (after the game) Northwest Christian quarantined their entire team,” Roberson said.
Youngker took the precaution of missing its second game but has since returned to play.
Like Agua Fria and many other districts, BUHSD is keeping students on campus reduced via the hybrid model of split scheduling.