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Group of students gather for ‘let us play’ rally outside of Fayette Co. Public Schools Central Office

Published: Aug. 24, 2020 at 5:53 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The chants from student-athletes and their parents have been heard by leaders in the Capitol building in Frankfort, down to the central office in Fayette county. 

Following Governor Andy Beshear’s announcement that he would not overturn KHSAA’s decision to move forward with fall sports, the Fayette County school district recommended to let them play. 

“So my recommendation is for us to follow the KHSAA-approved guidelines. Option 1. and make sure that we are staying on top of it” 

The recommendation comes just hours after Fayette County student-athletes stood in front of central office to fight to play ball. 

Lisa Coke’s daughter is a senior at Frederick Douglass on the soccer team. She’s happy with the decision, and her daughter was elated. 

“Very grateful to Fayette Co. making that decision, its been a roller coaster ride,” Lisa Coke said. “Ever since this all started we worry about  whether it would happen or not especially it being her senior season.” 

Though it seems sports will kick off as planned, the district did say they wouldn’t hesitate to call a time out if there is a spike in COVID-19. 

 “Obviously nothing’s final. If we see a spike or something happens that causes an increase in COVID-19 cases as a result of workouts or things we’re not doing properly then we will certainly stop, intervene and stop practice,” Fayette County Superintendent Manny Caulk said.  

But for now, student-athletes, parents, and coaches can see the Friday night lights at the end of the tunnel and the opportunity to play. 

“She is very healthy, I think as parents  we have to just look at our kids individually and we have to know we are  putting them in the best situation to succeed.”

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