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TO MASK, OR NOT TO MASK? — The answer to that question is now required to be an unequivocal "yes" under new special-event guidelines approved by the DeLand City Commission at a recent meeting. The photo above shows DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar, at left in a mask, along with a group of other spectators at an Oct. 2, 2020, DeLand High School Bulldogs football game at Spec Martin Memorial Stadium. The Bulldogs have played two football games at Spec Martin this year, both with a maximum capacity of 1,500, down from the stadium's usual capacity for 6,000 fans. BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

Two DeLand High School varsity football games, including a game against University High School of Orange City, were postponed due to players quarantining after potential COVID-19 exposures.

The Sept. 2 football game would have been the DeLand varsity football team’s second of the 2021 football season after the team missed a prior game against Mainland High School Aug. 27.

Volusia County Schools spokeswoman Kelly Schulz confirmed with The Beacon that several students were quarantined, but she had not heard of any testing positive for COVID-19 as of Sept. 3. No coaches have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time either, she said.

The missed games will be rescheduled, DeLand High School Athletic Director Lance Jenkins told The Beacon, but dates have not been set.

Six football games that would have included a Volusia County school have been canceled due to COVID-19 exposures, according to Volusia County Schools.

These are Atlantic High at Holy Trinity Aug. 20, Pine Ridge High at Foundation Academy Aug. 20, DeLand High at Mainland High Aug. 27, Pine Ridge High at Flagler Palm Coast High Aug. 27, University High at DeLand High Sept. 2, and Trinity Prep at Taylor Middle-High Sept. 3.

As of Wednesday, Sept. 8, the Volusia County Schools COVID-19 dashboard reported that a total of 1,066 students have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the school year, as have 233 employees.

On Sept. 8, an additional 384 students and 45 employees were quarantined after potential exposures to COVID-19, the school system COVID-19 dashboard reported.

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