KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two Olathe high school football teams won’t play this week, and nearly 175 students are in COVID-19-related quarantine following coronavirus cases in the district.
District spokesperson Cody Kennedy said in a news release that four individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week.
As a result, the Olathe South and Olathe Northwest football teams games have been canceled this week. As part of contact tracing, the Johnson County, Kansas, Department of Health and Environment recommended 174 students go into quarantine.
The number of students in quarantine was related to the “high levels of exposure in interplay, practices and scrimmages," according to the release.
Last Friday, at least two football games involving Olathe high school teams were canceled.
On Monday, Shawnee Mission South Athletic Director John Johnson tweeted the school’s game against Olathe Northwest had been postponed and that SMS would play Olathe West instead.
ANNOUNCEMENT!! FOOTBALL OPPONENT CHANGE!! The football opponent this week for Fr/JV/V has changed. We will be playing Olathe West this week. Freshmen at 4:15p on Thursday at SMS on the upper field; Varsity at 7p Friday at CBAC; JV Monday at 6p at CBAC.— John Johnson (@SMSRaidersAD) October 12, 2020