A crucial Region 6-6A high school football game is among the athletic contests forced to be rescheduled after Independence High School has closed due to COVID-19 protocols.
According to a school email sent to Independence parents around 3 p.m. Tuesday, the school attendance rate was only at 80% and as a result, remote learning will be required for at least the rest of the week.
“In consultation with the Health Department, due to the number of positive COVID-19 cases and number of students and staff in quarantine due to contact tracing, the Independence High campus will be closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week,” the email from school administrators stated.
Due to closure, extracurricular activities will also be halted for the remainder of the week, including the Eagles showdown at No. 5-ranked Brentwood Friday night. The Independence football team has won four straight after suffering a season-opening loss to Summit. Friday’s game at Brentwood pitted the two rivals against one another with both teams without a loss in region play.
“During this closure, individual coaches will be in communication with players regarding extra-curricular activities, however due to the number of players in quarantine, all football practices and events will be cancelled through Friday of this week. This week's region football game against Brentwood will be rescheduled,” Tuesday’s email to parents stated. “We will reevaluate the situation at the end of the day on October 2 and communicate again with families at that time.”
If the game cannot be rescheduled, it would be ruled as a forfeit win for Brentwood and a no-contest for Independence. Brentwood’s football team already was forced to cancel a game last week when COVID-19 shuttered Christ Presbyterian Academy’s football team.
Brentwood officials said they are actively searching for another opponent to celebrate their homecoming Friday.
Another contest directly affected was Thursday’s District 12-AAA soccer match at Independence against Franklin.