‘On pins and needles’: Parents concerned after HS football team sidelined by COVID-19

UNION COUNTY, N.C. — A mother who has children enrolled in three different Union County public schools said she is concerned about the district’s lack of transparency after a football team was sidelined because of COVID-19 exposures.

“I’ve got to really make some decisions,” said Robin Brown, a parent of a student at Cuthbertson High School. “I just, I’m on pins and needles.”

There have been several confirmed positive COVID cases this week on the Parkwood High School football team -- after recently playing Cuthbertson High.

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Brown has a senior at Cuthbertson High.

“Last year, when they were at the virtual, they called every time there was a case,” Brown said. “Whether it was school-related. If there was a person that contracted it. That was in the system. Union County Schools -- they called and let us know.”

[LINK: UCPS COVID-19 FAQ]

That changed this year. District officials said they’re notifying only families directly impacted by any COVID-19 exposures.

UCPS sent a Blackboard message on Tuesday to Parkwood High parents that read, in part, “Due to health and safety matters related to COVID on the football team, our next two varsity football games have been canceled. Parents, if your student is identified as a close contact with an individual who tests positive, our school nurse or a Union County Public Health staff member will follow up with you for further guidance.”

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Channel 9 confirmed that there was one positive case reported Thursday at Cuthbertson High. It is not known if that relates to the football team.

A spokesperson from the Union County Public Schools district said the COVID-19 dashboard will go up Friday, which is expected to have detailed numbers of positive cases and where they were reported.

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