Two separate quarantines affected basketball teams at Glenwood Springs and Basalt High Schools. All GSHS girls varsity basketball athletes had exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 on February 19. All BHS boys basketball athletes had exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 on February 22.
“This is a situation that we knew could come about but it doesn’t make it any easier for our players, coaches, families, or our community,” GSHS Athletic Director Craig Denney said. “I am incredibly grateful for our players and coaches and the way in which they are dealing with the situation. The fact that it happened when it did is difficult because our girls are in the hunt for the post-season tournament. The one saving grace is that they will be able to return for the last Saturday of competition, and there is a possibility that they will still make it into the tournament.”
CHSAA policy states that group training and competition for those exposed individuals must be canceled for 14 days from the last date of exposure. Thus, BHS boys games on Friday, February 26; Saturday, February 27; Tuesday, March 2; and Thursday, March 4 are canceled at this time. GSHS girls varsity games on Tuesday, February 23; Friday, February 26; Saturday, February 27; Tuesday, March 2; and Friday, March 5 are canceled at this time. The GSHS girls JV games will still be held as scheduled.
“Our team has worked very hard to have a successful season and compete for a playoff spot, and it is unfortunate that they will have to quarantine for the remainder of the season. However, I am incredibly proud of how the boys have handled this situation despite being disappointed in the abrupt ending of their season,” BHS Athletic Director Jason Santo said.
During quarantine, students will attend school via distance learning and will not participate in any in-person school activities, including athletics. There is a discrepancy between CHSAA and local quarantine lengths. Because CHSAA is the authority for all athletics, there will be no athletics for 14 days, but students will be able to return to in-person learning after 10 days.
Based on contact tracing, additional students were exposed and are quarantining at BHS. All students and families were contacted directly.