BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Although summer sports workouts at Ridge High School have been temporarily halted for the purposes of contact tracing, the school’s ultimate intent remains to proceed with a fall sports season for all outdoor athletic programs, according to athletic director Rich Shello.

Last week, practices for all fall sports at Ridge were suspended after a student athlete tested positive for COVID-19. It was not revealed what sport that athlete plays.

According to an announcement sent to district parents on Wednesday, no practices or other school-related activities will take place until further notice.

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The announcement stated, “We have been advised by the Bernards Township Health Department that a student athlete of Ridge High School has a laboratory confirmed case of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The district is coordinating closely with public health officials and following CDC, state, and local health department guidance in order to assure the health and safety of our community."

However, on Sunday, Shello told TAPinto Basking Ridge that the athletic department remains committed to a fall sports season, albeit one curtailed by the NJSIAA’s guidance on waiting until the end of September to start regular-season play in any sport.

“By all means we are planning to return to school in the hybrid manner … and fully intend to move forward with the fall athletic season,” Shello said in an email.

The outdoor fall sports – football, cross country, field hockey, girls tennis and soccer – will begin practice on September 14.  Girls tennis will begin competition on Sept. 28. Cross country, field hockey and soccer will begin competition on Oct. 1. The football team, under new head coach Andy West, is scheduled to kick off its campaign Oct. 2 at home against Bridgewater-Raritan.