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ST. CHARLES, Mo. – COVID-19 is creating more challenges this morning for St. Charles West High School as two additional positive tests are announced. The district Superintendent Dr. Jason Sefrit confirms that a second student-athlete at the school has tested positive for COVID-19.

Last week it was announced that a student-athlete from the same school had tested positive for Coronavirus. Dr. Sefrit says this second player is from the same team. He won’t confirm the specific team but he does say it is a fall sport.

The team is quarantined and Sefrit says all coaches and players involved with that program are staying home and not working or practicing until further notice. efrit also says a staff member at the high school has tested positive for COVID-19.

This is a separate case and the employee has not been around any students or staff for at least two weeks. This district is offering families the option of sending their kids to in-person classes 5 days a week.

Sefrit tells us despite these cases he is still moving forward with that plan, saying he is trying to serve his families in the best way possible. There is also an all virtual learning option for families.

Fortunately, Sefrit says all three cases appear to be mild and recoveries are expected. He also tells us that the district is working with the St. Charles County Health Department to make sure established quarantine protocols are followed in all of the cases.

In other school news, the Rockwood School District has cleared tennis, golf and boys swimming to start practice this coming Monday, August 24th. All other Rockwood sports including football are still just in strength and conditioning.

Our Sports Director Martin Kilcoyne reports that the Metro Catholic Conference schools will start football practice on August 24th with the first possible games on October 2nd. Martin is reporting that Rockwood and the Parkway School District could follow that football timeline as well.