12 Detroit Renaissance football players have COVID-19, dozens of students in quarantine

DETROIT (WWJ) 12 students on Detroit Renaissance High School’s varsity and junior varsity football teams have tested for COVID-19, according to a statement from Detroit Public Schools (DPS).

Another forty students and 10 staff members are in quarantine, according to a DPS COVID-19 dashboard.

In a statement released to parents and guardians; DPS said the spread of the virus occurred before classes (starting on September 7) began.

The Free Press reports the Detroit Health Department said the students were exposed during practices on August 25 and 26.

“Communication related to the outbreak occurred only involved the team, players and their families. Players were tested and quarantined before staff reported to work this week," the DPS statement read. "Effective Tuesday, any and all positive cases and/or outbreaks will be communicated to all staff and families at any individual school."

All Renaissance football players have undergone testing multiple times and are in quarantine, unless they are vaccinated or tested negative; the school said.

The unvaccinated students must stay at home until the quarantine period ends. They will be able to participate in remote learning during that time.

No information has been released on the conditions of the students who tested positive.

This week’s game against River Rouge has been canceled.

Just under 36% of Detroiters 12 and older have been fully vaccinated against the virus.

See the full DPS statement below:

“Due to the fact that student attendance does not begin until Tuesday and the outbreak related to the football team occurred before that time, communication related to the outbreak only involved the team, players, and their families. Players were tested and quarantined before staff reported to work this week. Effective Tuesday, any and all positive cases and/or outbreaks will be communicated to all staff and families at any individual school. This was our communication protocol last year. All football players at Renaissance have been tested multiple times and all are quarantining unless they have tested negative and are vaccinated. Those players who are not vaccinated will not attend school until the quarantine period has ended. They will learn through their school’s teachers while at home. We call this “blended learning” through the quarantine period. All positive cases and outbreaks continue to be posted on our COVID website.”