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River Bluff delays start of football season due to positive coronavirus tests

River Bluff and Lexington will move their game to November 6 after individuals from the River Bluff varsity program tested positive for the coronavirus.

LEXINGTON, S.C. — South Carolina High School League teams will kick off the shortened 2020 season next Friday but a scheduled game between two Lexington County rivals will not be played.

River Bluff and Lexington were scheduled to meet on the Wildcats' home field but the game has been postponed after people associated with the River Bluff varsity program tested positive for COVID-19.

This decision does not impact River Bluff High’s junior varsity or B teams.

“While we were looking forward to playing Lexington (Sept. 25) and South Aiken (Oct. 2) high schools and hate to miss our season opener, the health and safety of our students, coaches and staff has to be our top priority,” said River Bluff High School Principal Dr. Luke Clamp in a statement.

“We believe that postponing the varsity football season start is the best way to keep our players healthy so that we can play other scheduled games later.”

The game between River Bluff High and Lexington High takes place on Friday, Nov. 6. The game between River Bluff High and South Aiken High has been canceled.

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Although Lexington One didn't indicate if the individuals who tested positive were students, coaches or staff, they have this protocol through their website.

It states, "When a student or staff member in one of our schools tests positive for COVID-19, we will exclude that person from school and begin contact tracing immediately."

If a student has had close contact with someone for more than 15 minutes and were within less than six feet from them, they would also receive a phone call from the school nurse and an email.

A child who tests positive for the virus will stay home for at least 10 calendar days.

For more on how Lexington County School District One is handling students who test positive for COVID-19, read the document below.

Parents, every year, we ask you to take a moment to talk to your family about what you want them to doshould a weather-related emergency cause Lexington County School District One to delay school onemorning, to dismiss school early one afternoon, or to close school entirely. We still want you to do that.