High school football players face weekly COVID-19 testing amid rise in cases

For high school football players in New York City Public Schools, an abbreviated spring season gave them a chance to salvage what was nearly a lost year of competition.

News 12 Staff

Aug 20, 2021, 12:01 AM

Updated 1,002 days ago

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For high school football players in New York City Public Schools, an abbreviated spring season gave them a chance to salvage what was nearly a lost year of competition. 
It also gave them a chance to become accustomed to what, as of now, is the new normal amid the pandemic -- weekly COVID-19 testing. 
During the last season of football, students were faced with some difficult situations.
“It was a little bit scary, but God blessed us to have nobody catch COVID and we got to play all six games,” says Frank Tribble, a senior quarterback at Lincoln High School in Coney Island. 
Tribble, like many of his peers, say they are doing what he can to be safe. 
Positive tests could mean quarantines, which mean missing school and extracurricular activities like football. 
“I think it's like everything else that's going on in the world. You have to adjust, it's the same thing,” says Danny Landberg, Erasmus Hall Head Football Coach. “You have to have a mask on when you go into a store, it's a different world, we're not living in the same world anymore, it's an abnormal world.” 
Spokespeople from the city's Department of Education say that changes to their testing protocol could happen before the official start of the school year if necessary.
The public school football season begins the weekend of Sept 10.


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