Dear Families and Staff:
Good afternoon students, staff, parents and community members. We understand and recognize the importance of all of our extra-curricular activities and the important role they play in the lives of our youth.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has categorized basketball as a higher risk level activity. IDPH guidance classifies basketball at a higher-risk sport and may currently participate at Level 1. Level 1 is defined as no-contact practices, and training only. Arthur CUSD #305 will follow the IDPH guidelines and recommendations for participation. Click the link below to read the IDPH Sports safety guidance. https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/sports-safety-guidance
The statement released by the IHSA regarding their endorsement to start the season on November 16th doesn’t identify the liability risk a school district would be accepting if they made the decision to defy the IDPH guidance. In consultation with legal counsel, Arthur CUSD #305 will comply with the IDPH guidance and restrict basketball to Level 1 no-contact practices and training only. We will continue to monitor the situation and recommendations in an effort to make decisions related to future participation. Although this isn’t the outcome we had hoped for this is the best decision that can be made at this point and time. Thank you and have a great rest of the week.
Mr. Shannon Cheek
Superintendent of Schools
Arthur CUSD #305