ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Stony Point High School will not play its scheduled football games for the next two weeks after a school staff member tested positive for COVID-19.
A Round Rock Independent School District spokesperson told KXAN that the staff member had “enough close contacts that it was necessary to quarantine the entire football team for two weeks.” The staff member was recently lab-confirmed or a probable case to have COVID-19.
The Stony Point volleyball team is also in quarantine, according to Round Rock Athletics Director Dwayne Weirich. Additionally, the Westwood volleyball team, which played at Stony Point last week, is quarantining for 14 days in an abundance of caution.
A letter from was sent to Stony Point parents, student and staff on Monday. Anyone in close contact with the staff member is required to remain off campus for up to 14 days, according to the letter.
Angela Chambers, the President of the Stony Point Football Booster Club and mom to a junior linebacker on the team, said the athletes have had to practice flexibility all year long after missing out on spring ball, summer strength and conditioning and delaying the start of the season due to COVID-19.
“Most football families knew this was a possibility. I would say that most football families understood the risk. This is something that just happens. It’s not anything Stony Point did wrong. It’s just something that happened,” Chambers said.
Chambers told KXAN that the school has already begun distributing workouts for the athletes to do from home to keep them on track for the next time they suit up.
“I feel like the whole team is [taking it in stride], that they are doing what they need to do and will be ready to play in a few weeks,” Chambers said.
Stony Point football was expected to start its district schedule this week. District games have more significance in deciding spots in the UIL state playoffs. The games against Vandegrift and Cedar Ridge have been rescheduled for later in the season.
Stony Point will play at Vandegrift on Nov. 13, which was a prearranged open date for all teams in the district. Stony Point will play Cedar Ridge in the final week of the regular season Dec. 3.
After several paused offseason workouts during the summer, Stony Point, a 6A school, is the first large classification, Austin area high school football team to experience a scheduling issue during the 2020 football season.
Large classification schools in Texas were permitted to start the football season during the week of Sept. 25.