More area high schools plan to play football outside St. Louis County

The Parkway School District says it's going to start playing Friday night football games on Oct. 2.

Sam Masterson
September 23, 2020 - 11:52 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Citing a "critical" need for the physical and mental health of its students, high schools in the Parkway School District will begin the 2020 football season by scheduling games outside of St. Louis County to circumvent the current youth sports restrictions. 

The district is at least the second public school district in the area to plan to take its football games outside of the county. 

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The announcement posted on the Parkway district website Wednesday followed the morning announcement from County Executive Dr. Sam Page that all middle school students age 14 and under can resume games in all sports. Page also relaxed some restrictions on high school sports, but only for the moderate-contact sports such as soccer, volleyball, baseball and softball. He said there may be a "path forward" to allow high-contact sports like football and ice hockey to begin play later this fall. 

Related: St. Louis County changes COVID guidelines allowing some youth sports to resume

Activities directors and coaches at Parkway West, Central, North and South High Schools are expected to provide more information, and notify students and parents as soon as schedules are finalized.

"Football is quickly approaching the midpoint of the season," the statement from Parkway states. "Therefore, to ensure our student-athletes will have opportunities to play and compete this year, Parkway will begin scheduling football games to be played outside of St. Louis County."

The first public district to announce it was moving football games outside the county was the Rockwood School District, which includes Rockwood Summit, Lafayette, Marquette and Eureka High Schools. 

There are also some private schools that have played games in other counties. 

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