Franklin Student Tests Positive for COVID-19 After Taking Part in Soccer Workouts

The out-of-season workouts do not occur within school buildings, according to Franklin school officials

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A high school student from Franklin, Massachusetts, has tested positive for the new coronavirus after taking part in out-of-season workouts with other members of the boys soccer team, according to district officials.

The Franklin Public Schools superintendent's office sent a letter to the community Friday saying the athletic department was told of the high school student's diagnosis.

NBC10 Boston was told Friday the team is quarantining.

“You don’t want to harm yourself or your loved ones or your teammates or anything like that,” said Ian McSweeney, a Franklin High graduate.

Practices were held at Franklin High once a week, with a number of safety of safety measures put into place.

School officials said in their letter, "Per MIAA rules, our athletic coaches and athletic department are not involved in these types of out-of-season summer workouts. These out-of-season summer workouts do not occur within our school buildings."

The letter went on to say that it was important to inform the community about the positive test result and follow health and safety practices.

School officials noted that anyone who comes in close contact with someone who tests positive for the coronavirus should quarantine and be tested 4-5 days after exposure. Students should also notify the school and their close contacts, officials said.

"We wish to remind you of the importance of universal health and safety practices including mask-wearing, physical distancing, and good hand hygiene," school officials said.

Should there be a positive case within a school setting, officials said, measures will be taken to ensure prompt cleaning and disinfecting.

"We recognize that news like this can be scary to learn about. By working together collectively, we can take steps and measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our community," school officials said.

Seasons for a myriad of sports across the state are in jeopardy.

"We don't know what's going to happen, everything is up in the air, especially for the seniors," Franklin High graduate Richard McKenzie said. "You kind of don't think that, you live in Franklin, this suburban town away from it all, but it can kind of happen right under your own thumb."

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