Oak Park ends football season due to a COVID-19 exposure

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Posted at 6:54 PM, Oct 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-29 22:27:33-04

KANSAS CITY MO. — The Oak Park High School football team became the third school in the Kansas City area to cancel the rest of their football season due to a COVID-19 exposure this week.

Oak Park Principal Chris Sartain said in a letter to parents that a staff member at the school tested positive for COVID-19 and four more staff members are presumed positive.

"Any staff or students that were exposed have already been notified," Sartain wrote. "This letter is to keep our families informed and to also let you know that we have canceled our football season effective immediately as a precautionary step to ensure no further exposure."

The Northmen were set to play Friday at North Kansas City in the Missouri Class 5, District 8 opener. The Hornets will have a bye and will play at top-seeded Platte County on Nov. 6.

The North Kansas City School District said in a statement that the COVID-19 exposures also led to the cancellation of tonight's freshmen football game against Smithville.

Earlier this week Rockhurst High School and Lee's Summit North canceled their district openers due to positive COVID-19 cases.