Cleburne workouts

Summer workouts for Cleburne female athletes have been temporarily suspended because a member of the women’s coaching staff received a positive COVID-19 test.

Summer strength and conditioning workouts for Cleburne female athletes have been temporarily suspended after a member of the women’s coaching staff received a positive COVID-19 test.

In an email sent to parents Monday night, Cleburne ISD Athletic Director Jeri Hall said the district was notified Monday after hours that a female coach received a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.

“You are receiving this letter because your child may have been within six feet of the infected person for 15 minutes or longer,” the email reads.

The girl’s summer strength and conditioning program is suspended through July 12.

Because of the lack of possible exposure to male athletes, the boy’s summer strength and conditioning workouts at Cleburne High School will continue as scheduled.

Cleburne ISD did not provide information on when the coach was tested or when or if the coach began showing symptoms.

In the email, the district advises parents to monitor for symptoms.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we advise you to monitor your child’s health, follow the CDC guidelines for people who have had close contact and contact your primary care physician if your child develops symptoms (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea),” the email reads.

The email also informs parents to immediately notify the CISD athletic department if a child begins exhibiting symptoms or receives a positive COVID-19 test.

Health and sanitizing standards as well as guidelines issued by the CDC, Texas Education Agency and UIL, including social distancing protocols, have been followed since the workout sessions opened to CHS athletes on June 8. The first day of summer workouts for middle-school athletes was Monday. 

According to CISD, the CHS indoor practice facility undergoes intensive cleaning at the end of each workout session, with weights, equipment and touch points wiped down with an antibacterial spray before being used by the next athlete.

In preparation for the start of the summer sessions, guidelines were issued to students and parents and were reviewed on the first few days of workouts. All staff and students were advised to complete home-screening before they reported each day. Entry into the indoor practice facility has been limited to participants and staff as a precautionary measure. Hand sanitizing stations are positioned throughout the facility and are used upon entry, throughout the workouts, and upon exit. 

A social distancing measure of six feet is observed when students are not actively exercising, with 10 feet required during exercise sessions — indoors and outdoors.

The suspension of Cleburne’s girl’s workouts is the second suspension of summer workouts in Johnson County because of a positive COVID-19 test. Burleson ISD had its workouts temporarily suspended earlier this month after a student received a positive test two days after attending a vigil honoring the life of a Burleson High School student that died.

Numerous workouts across the state have been either suspended or canceled because of positive COVID-19 tests. Some summer workouts in schools throughout Texas have been canceled as a precaution.

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