The Fort Stockton ISD announced on June 12 that a person who attended the program's morning session on June 11 was in close contact with a person who is a confirmed COVID-19 case, prompting thedistrict to temporarily pulled the plug on the program..
That person was reported Thursday, June 18, to have tested negative, but will continue to isolate at home for seven more days.
"Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and families, we have made the proactive decision and are postponing our morning and afternoon Summer Strength and Conditioning practices,” the district wrote in a letter to parents. “Our morning staff will continue to self-isolate while we await the testing results.
“We are also postponing all athletic activities until further notice while we clean and disinfect the athletic equipment and complex.”
The program has encouraging numbers with 81 girls and 87 boys taking part on its first day.
However, UIL rules required multiple precautions, including:
• athletes will be screened daily.
• athletes must bring their own workout gear.
• no use of locker rooms.
• athletes must bring a mask to use while in the weight room.
• athletes encouraged to bring their own water.
• all social-distancing guidelines set by UIL will be enforced.
The costs is $20, payable when the student registers at check-in.
In its letter to parents, the district asked for all students who attended the June 11 morning session to self-isolate pending test results of the individual.
The district also reiterated using prevention steps like:
• Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for at least 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips and backs of your hands.
• Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or into the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, then cough/sneeze into your arm.
• As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
Two sessions were scheduled for this summer, with the first running from Monday, June 8 to Thursday, July 2. The second will be start Monday, July 6.
For the first session, which is for incomings students in grades 9 through 12, the girls will workout from 7 to 9 a.m., while the boys will workout from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
The second session will include middle school students.
The school is also hoping to have its annual sports camps start in July.