OSWEGO — Oswego High School has shut down its summer weights and conditioning program after an individual was possibly exposed to a positive case of COVID-19, the school announced on Wednesday.
“Summer weights and athletic workouts will continue to be temporarily suspended until further notice,” a USD 504 press release said, “due to a possible exposure to a COVID-19 case. Thank you for understanding and we will update as soon as possible.”
Oswego High School Athletic Director Chris Ball said that there were no positive cases of the coronavirus amongst its student-athletes or staff as of Thursday afternoon.
“We’re putting our student and staff safety as the number one priority,” Ball said. “This wasn’t a direct case. It was a possibility of exposure, so we wanted to be proactive and err on the side of caution.”
USD 504 is coordinating with the Labette County Health Department as it continues to monitor the situation and determine when summer workouts can resume.
“Once we have confirmation that everything is good, then we’ll resume as normal,” Ball said.
Ball emphasized that the school has taken precautions since starting summer workouts with its staff and student-athletes, including frequent sanitation and social distancing, to stymie the potential spread of the pandemic.
“I think our staff and maintenance department is doing a fabulous job,” Ball said. “It helps when you’re in a school with lower numbers. You can socially distance a lot easier. Our staff is constantly sanitizing and cleaning and we’ll continue to do so.”
Oswego’s decision to shut down summer weights comes the same week that the Cherryvale school district, USD 447, shut down its facilities after a staff member involved with weights tested positive for COVID-19.
Last week, the Caney Valley school district also shut down its weights after an exposure to the coronavirus.