'The Most Severe COVID-19 Return-To-Play Policy': Father Of KY Student Athlete Going To Court

Feb 22, 2021

The Kentucky High School Athletics Association is facing a legal challenge over its return-to-play policy for students who test positive for the coronavirus.

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A father of a Montgomery County high school baseball player is calling the association's rules "the most severe COVID-19 return to play policy" in the country. And he's filing suit, charging that the restrictions could affect his son's chances of getting a college scholarship.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports KHSAA head Julian Tackett is withholding comment until the association receives a formal notice of the complaint.

Under the policy in question, COVID positive student athletes who recover or are asymptomatic must wait a minimum of 16 to 21 days to return to competition. Both a 10-day quarantine and a 6-day phase-in process where students gradually ramp up physical activity are mandatory. The association also recommends but does not require districts add an extra 4-day waiting period for doctors to assess for signs of myocarditis, an inflammatory condition linked to COVID-19.