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Student athletes at 6 North Texas high schools test positive for COVID-19

Student-athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 in Arlington, Carroll, Denton, Krum, Plano and Frisco ISDs.

Updated at 12:40 p.m. June 18 with new information about Denton ISD.

In the past week, five North Texas high schools have closed their workout facilities due to positive COVID-19 cases and another high school has confirmed a student tested positive for COVID-19.

Student athletes from Arlington Independent School District, Carroll Independent School District, Krum Independent School District, Plano Independent School District and Frisco Independent School District have tested positive for COVID-19.

Each of the high schoolers notified his or her district in the past two days. 

Arlington ISD

Arlington ISD postponed workouts at Martin High School after a student athlete tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.

The student was attending the strength and conditioning camp at Martin High School.

In a news release, district officials say they communicated with the Tarrant County Public Health and Arlington Public Health Authority before making a decision to postpone the program.

Head Coach and Athletics Coordinator Bob Wager says his staff put the students in pods of 12 with each pod assigned to one coach. Each group would stay isolated from the other groups.

Wager says the UIL put this guideline in place as programs returned to workouts.

All parents have been notified of the positive case and contact tracing is completed. The facilities will be cleaned and sanitized.

District officials say all students and staff receive daily screenings and temperature checks.

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Carroll ISD

Carroll ISD says the student athlete went to June 8 and 9 workouts as a part of the team's summer strength and conditioning program. He became symptomatic on June 10 and notified the district of his positive test result Monday.

Southlake Carroll has closed its indoor workout facility and weight room that the student athlete went into. Summer workouts continue outside.

Carroll ISD says students have been working out in groups of three with one coach. The other two students and the coach who were in contact with this student athlete have all been asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. They have also been encouraged to get tested for COVID-19.

Southlake Carroll has been and will continue to prescreen athletes when they come to workout programs. The student who had the positive test result did not come to the school once he started showing symptoms.

Denton ISD

As of Wednesday, Denton ISD leaders have suspended all athletic workouts at Denton High School due to "an individual associated with the football program" testing positive for COVID-19.

School leaders have told all who attended workouts to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Krum ISD 

In a letter for parents sent by Krum ISD Interim Superintendent Mike Davis, he said a student who has tested positive for COVID-19 was inside the high school's facilities on June 8 and 9. 

All Krum ISD athletic summer training is canceled for two weeks. Coaches will have the ability to resume their sessions on June 30.

Davis said all summer workouts "are completely voluntary."

Plano ISD

Plano ISD confirmed Tuesday that a student-athlete at Plano Senior High School tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend. The student was working out with two other students at the time. All three students, as well as their respective parents, will remain in quarantine and follow safety protocols before returning to strength and conditioning workouts, a district spokesperson said Tuesday.

Workouts are still in session, a screening process is still in place and the facility where the COVID-19-positive student worked out has been cleaned.

"Athletic facilities in which an individual with a confirmed COVID-19 positive case has been identified will undergo enhanced disinfection per CDC and industry guidelines," a Plano ISD spokesperson said in an email. "The facilities at Plano Senior High School underwent these enhanced, deep cleaning measures over the weekend."

Frisco ISD

On Monday, Frisco ISD announced that a student-athlete at Lebanon Trail High School tested positive for COVID-19.

The student was also participating in strength and conditioning workouts this summer.

Lebanon Trail High School's strength and conditioning and skills sessions were suspended for one day while staff clean and disinfect the school's athletic facilities with "hospital-grade" products, per school officials.

The Dallas County health department released new guidance Monday regarding which places are safe to go in public. Officials do not recommend participating in youth sports.

WFAA digital producer Jake Harris contributed to this report. 

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