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Bob Jones High School cancels two football games over COVID-19 concerns

After notification that several players tested positive COVID-19, the school canceled tonight's and next week's games.

MADISON, Ala. — After being notified of positive COVID-19 tests of several Bob Jones football players, Madison City Schools canceled and forfeited its games against Florence High School and next week's game against Auburn High School.

The district released the following statement from Superintendent Ed Nichols:

"After consultation with the ADPH and the AHSAA, we are announcing the cancellation and forfeiture of tonight's football game against Florence High School and next week's game against Auburn High School.  

"I believe that this is in the best interest of players, coaches and fans on both sides. At the current time, we are evaluating which members of the team are considered "close contacts" by the ADPH guidelines. Therefore, in an abundance of caution, we are isolating the BJHS team until Sunday, September 27, as we evaluate this situation.

"Furthermore, we are delaying our school-based reentry schedule for all high school students for one week. Both of our high schools will resume school-based learning on an A/B rotation on Sept. 28. Until further notice, all middle and high school students will continue on an A/B rotational schedule. Additional information will be a part of our Friday Covid-19 update this afternoon."