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Pioneers' spring season over after student unknowingly practices while positive with COVID-19

COURTESY PHOTO: SANDY FOOTBALL - Sandy High School football is done for the spring season after a positive COVID-19 test.The final games for Sandy High School football have been canceled after a student athlete unknowingly practiced with the team after contracting COVID-19.

According to the Oregon Trails School District, the virus transmission did not occur at school or during a school activity, but the student practiced twice with the football team, on Wednesday and Thursday, March 24-25, before learning of his positive COVID-19 test.

Following public health guidelines, the students who practiced those days are now in quarantine for two weeks, and will continue classes through distance learning. That may not last the entire 14 days pending an investigation by state officials.

"We want to assure you that we are doing everything we can to keep your student safe and healthy," the Orgon Trail School District wrote in a letter to parents. "It is important that you notify us if your student or other household members become ill with COVID-19."

The district did not divulge how the student contracted the virus.

The Pioneers (1-3) canceled their non-league game Friday, April 2, against Southridge, and will not play any more games the rest of this shortened spring season.

Other high school sports teams, including Gresham High School football and teams with Lake Oswego High School and Sheldon High School, have had practices, games and events canceled due to exposure or positive tests for COVID-19 among players.

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