August 4th, 2021, Governor Pritzker announced that all non-public and public K-12 schools are required to mask while in the school building. Every student, staff member, parent, and visitor must wear a mask in our building regardless of vaccination status. The Governor has stated that as the numbers of infections fall, layers of mitigations can be removed. My prayer is that the COVID-19 numbers lessen and that the mask mandate is removed later in the school year.
Sports: The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) All-Sports Policy will require masks to be worn for all indoor SIJHSA athletic events regardless of an individual’s vaccination status. This mask directive for indoor athletic events applies to student-athletes, coaches, officials, game personnel, and fans.
This masking mandate applies to all SIJHSA fall sport practices and contests that are conducted indoors. The masking directive also applies to any winter or spring SIJHSA sports that may be conducting open gyms indoors.
At this time there are no restrictions to scheduling or spectator limitations as a result of the Governor’s announcement, nor are there any changes to the SIJHSA calendar for any sports.
Masks: The Executive Order from Governor Priztker on August 4, 2021, mandates that all students, staff, parents, and visitors be masked in all preK-12 school buildings. Appropriate social distancing, face coverings, enhanced sanitation measures, and other accommodations will be necessary to ensure the safety of students, staff, and their families.
Students, staff, parents, and visitors must wear a face covering when in the building. Face masks or gaiter masks must fit over the nose and mouth and may not contain inappropriate messages or logos.
Individuals wearing an unapproved face mask will need to remove it and wear an approved face mask. T-SJ will have extra masks that will be offered to those wearing unapproved masks or those that do not have a face covering.
Disciplinary action will be taken under non-compliance for students who do not follow the masking procedure.