Mustang Bronco Family,
We have been made aware that a student athlete on the Choctaw High School football team has tested positive for COVID-19. This player was involved in a scrimmage with us on Friday, August 21, 2020. After consultation with the Canadian County Health Department (CCHD) and the State Epidemiologist, they have identified several of our student athletes that the State Epidemiologist has deemed to have had “effective contact” with the positive case. We have disputed their findings based on a thorough review of the scrimmage film, in an effort to target our quarantines to the CDC standard of “close contact.” However, after multiple attempts and appeals, his decision stands, and in the end we have no choice but to abide by the State Epidemiologist ruling. CCHD has been contacting the individual(s) to advise of a quarantine that will extend through (and include) Friday, September 4, 2020. “This is not about trying to have a football game,” Superintendent Charles Bradley said. “We have worked very hard to target our contact-tracing and quarantining so as not to cause undue distress in our community, and we feel like this broad brush decision-making goes against our efforts.”
Given that our season opener for football was scheduled for Friday night at 7:00pm at Yukon High School, this quarantine will force the game to be rescheduled to Saturday, September 5 at 6:00pm at Yukon. Only 500 tickets were available for Mustang, but the game will be available via stream at: https://team1prep.com/ok/?S=YukonMillers. “We appreciate the flexibility of Yukon Public Schools and Yukon Athletics as we worked through this difficult situation,” MPS Athletic Director Robert Foreman said.
In this situation, we ask that our student athletes and coaching staff closely monitor for possible COVID-19 symptoms for the next 4 days (a total of 14 days since August 21). All students and staff are additionally asked to check for symptoms prior to reporting to school/work as referenced in the MPS Daily Symptom Check. If symptoms emerge, please contact your medical provider immediately for advice and do not send your child(ren) to school or, for staff, do not report to work. Families should notify the school so that the absence can be documented (it will not be counted against them), and staff should communicate with their immediate supervisors. Additionally, we ask that all of our staff, students, and families utilize the COVID19@mustangps.org email to report positive tests, close contacts, exposures, and/or quarantines. Information reported here will be viewed by the MPS COVID-19 Response Team and used for monitoring and contact tracing only. No names will be made public.
Mustang Athletics has implemented safety protocols across all sports, and recently released guidelines for spectators as well (Release can be found HERE). There is nothing more important to us than the safety and health of our students, our staff and their families. We will continue to work with county health officials to address this, and future situations. We will also continue to follow all COVID-related safety procedures as indicated in our Health/Safety Plan which is continually updated based on the latest guidance from the CDC and local/state health officials.
It is important to remember that children are greatly influenced by the reactions of adults when facing difficult circumstances. We encourage everyone to remain calm and to be empathic and respectful to those affected. This is especially important given that this will likely not be the last time that we share similar news during this pandemic. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve our Bronco Family, especially as we face this challenging time together. As always, thank you for your support of Mustang Public Schools.
Superintendent Charles Bradley
Athletic Director Robert Foreman
Head Football Coach Lee Blankenship