South Lafourche High School has halted some of its on-campus sports activities after a coach has tested positive for COVID-19.
Multiple sources confirmed to The Gazette this morning that the coach, who is not a staff member at the school, works with the school's cheerleaders. So as part of the school's COVID-19 plan, cheerleading workouts/activities are on a precautionary halt.
The school also took further precautions, stopping all other sports at the school which have a cheerleader on its roster while awaiting further guidance from the School Board. Those sports halted are cheering, volleyball, girls' basketball and softball. They will be unable to workout until July 6.
South Lafourche High School Athletic Director Brian Callais and several other athletic officials around the parish have shared their COVID-19 plans as it pertains to athletics with The Gazette in recent weeks, and the actions being taken today align with those plans.
Parish-wide, student-athletes are being kept in smaller than normal groups and interaction is being limited. Equipment is being heavily sanitized after each use. If someone on a team tests positive, the others who have come into contact with that student will all be sidelined and quarantined as a precaution until it's safe to return.
Students are being asked how they feel upon entering campus - precautions to try and limit possible exposure and spread of the virus.
This is the first official public notice of COVID-19 at the school, but there have been other cases at South Lafourche and at other Lafourche schools, as well.
Multiple sources have also told The Gazette that others at South Lafourche High School, specifically, have tested positive for antibodies in recent weeks, because of a springtime bug that had swept through the campus before testing had become prevalent for COVID-19.