Several Chester County schools dealing with COVID-19 quarantine

CHESTER COUNTY, S.C. — Dozens of students at a Chester County middle school are in quarantine, including the entire football team, which has caused the game scheduled for Wednesday to be canceled.

Channel 9 reporter Tina Terry has learned that 46 eighth graders at Lewisville Middle School are in quarantine, and six have tested positive for COVID-19.

A spokesperson for the district told Channel 9 that several players were exposed to the virus, which caused the entire LMS football team to be placed under quarantine and the cancellation of their game against A.R. Rucker.

“It is unfortunate that the game was canceled, but the decision was based on the interest of health and safety for not only our players, but the players of the other team as well,” the district said in a statement.

Currently, 420 students and faculty in the district are in quarantine and 268 have tested positive for COVID-19.

Adreal Gaston’s son is on the team. He was disappointed that the game was canceled but he wants students to be safe. “Their life is more important. That’s my main concern, their life,” he said.

Chester County is one of the few schools in South Carolina with a mask mandate despite the state law that bans it.

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