The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) continues to closely monitor its number of students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 as well as those who have been identified as being in close contact with a positive case.
A recent spike in the numbers of cases and close contacts has resulted in changes being made to several athletic programs, particularly at Lugoff-Elgin High School (LEHS).
Effective today, LEHS boys and girls basketball and cheerleading has been postponed until Jan. 27. LEHS wrestling—where not many cases have occurred and contact is limited to a small number in the same weight class—will continue the rest of its season, which will include the region duals tournament on Feb. 6. Spring sports conditioning has been postponed and will resume on Feb. 1.
“We are very serious about doing all that we can to ensure the safety and health of our students and staff during this pandemic,” said KCSD Superintendent Shane Robbins. “While participation in athletics has great benefits, our academic environments come first. When we see situations change with our extracurricular activities that might infringe on the health of students and staff in classrooms, we have to react accordingly.”
Robbins said that other KCSD schools have had specific athletic programs cancelled including Lugoff-Elgin Middle’s boys and girls basketball and Camden Middle’s wrestling. Camden Middle’s boys basketball season ended due to opponents’ cancellations. Camden High’s boys JV basketball has been postponed through Jan. 20, and Lugoff-Elgin Middle’s wrestling has been postponed through Jan. 21.
“We greatly appreciate the cooperation of our families with these changes in schedules,” Robbins said. “These are challenging times for us all.”
The superintendent encouraged interested persons to visit the district’s COVID-19 dashboard for the latest information on cases and close contacts.