A Smithfield Excessive Faculty boys cross nation runner has examined optimistic for COVID-19 4 days after competing in a meet.
Smithfield Supt. Judith Paolucci confirmed the information to The Windfall Journal Wednesday afternoon.
Final Saturday, Smithfield competed in a varsity and junior varsity cross nation meet at Deerfield Park in Smithfield in opposition to Davies, Lincoln and Ponaganset. In line with Paolucci, the Rhode Island Division of Well being continues to be within the strategy of finishing contact tracing.
“We’re having remoted circumstances and this latest case is, from the knowledge we’ve seen to date, an remoted case. Definitely, that scholar previous to getting sick was in school rooms which will have an effect on some college students in our district who could need to quarantine,” Paolucci mentioned. “That scholar participated in a sport following actually sturdy protocols, however however out of the utmost of warning, a few of these college students could must quarantine.
“So far, we’ve some remoted circumstances, this being one among them. We don’t see it as being an enormous situation, however we hope for one of the best for that particular person particular person’s well being, in fact, and we hope they don’t unfold it to a member of the family and so forth. We’re actually not seeing something that’s driving us to suppose there’s a huge drawback in any of our faculties.”
When reached for touch upon how the optimistic take a look at is affecting the crew, Smithfield boys cross nation coach Joe Bennett mentioned he couldn’t remark and referred inquiries to Smithfield Excessive Faculty principal Dan Kelley. Kelley declined additional remark in an e-mail response on Wednesday. He did write “some members of the crew did follow as we speak” and the crew’s meet this Saturday at Deerfield in opposition to Burrillville, Central Falls and North Windfall continues to be scheduled. Kelley did say that would change “as extra data turns into out there.”
Paolucci mentioned the contact tracing will decide how and when the cross nation groups will go ahead. She mentioned the Division of Well being contract tracing appears at many issues, together with classroom seating and the place an athlete sits on the bus for video games.
“They’re nonetheless doing the evaluation proper now. I don’t know the way it will have an effect on another college students in sports activities or in cross nation,” Paolucci mentioned. “I’m unsure as a result of I haven’t gotten discover but.”
Whereas the Rhode Island Interschoalstic League helped set forth pointers and protocols for the way sports activities shall be performed, the RIIL is leaving COVID-related issues as much as the colleges and the Division of Well being.
“It’s unlucky anybody has to get sick for something, not to mention COVID,” mentioned the RIIL assistant govt director, Tom Marcello. “We’ve got good procedures in place and the Division of Well being will do all of the contact tracing and so they’ll notify the those who should be notified.”
“Sports activities are so necessary for youths, however they’re additionally a chance for potential virus unfold,” Paolucci mentioned. “You simply need to take probably the most conservative strategy each time anyone will get sick.
“I’m impressed by our coaches and the protocols which might be in place and that the entire state is engaged on this. It’s unimaginable what they’re doing to maintain the children in a great place and never unfold the virus.”
The league is not going to dictate the way forward for the boys cross nation crew, both. Any selections about scheduling or if Smithfield will have the ability to end the season shall be left within the palms of the city’s faculty division and the state Division of Well being.
“Suppose they resolve three college students had been shut contacts and need to be quarantined. The remainder of the crew will have the ability to proceed with their regular lives between faculty and competitions and so forth,” Paolucci mentioned. “If we’ve too many members of the crew which might be quarantined, we gained’t have the ability to subject the crew, relying on the game. We work primarily based on selections from the Division of Well being.”