Russellville athletic director Johnny Johnson said he believes Russellville School District is "on top of it" shortly after the district announced "several" Cyclones cheerleaders tested positive for COVID-19.
Johnson would not confirm the exact number of positive cases but said no other athletic programs were impacted.
"When we became aware several [cheerleaders] tested positive, we followed the protocols through the Arkansas Department of Health," Johnson said. "Everything is going well, and we are just waiting."
Johnson said the team has been quarantined while the Department of Health goes through its protocols, including contact tracing.
"They take over from here, do their contact tracing then pick a date we are good to go and everyone can return to practice," Johnson said. "Multiple school districts are dealing with situations like this, and as a district, we are still going by the guidelines set out by the Department of Health, the Arkansas Activities Association and the Governor. We haven't received any new guidelines since June 1."
Johnson said the Russellville athletic programs screen athletes daily in all sports and remain in constant contact with coaches to help prevent the spread of the virus. Practices are conducted with masks when possible, socially distanced and refraining from any drills that put athletes too close together.
"We feel like we have a great resource in the Department of Health," Johnson said.
The Russellville School District released the following statement on Thursday:
"This week several high school cheerleaders tested positive for COVID-19.
RSD’s Athletic Department has canceled cheer practices until further notice and will continue to follow guidance and recommendations from the Arkansas Dept. of Health (ADH.)
RSD Athletics will continue scheduled practices for other sports not involved, while continuing to follow the guidelines provided by the Arkansas Activities Association(AAA) and the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH.)"