After announcing last week that all sports, club meetings and performances would be postponed due to the continuing increase in COVID cases at school, officials at Oak Park River Forest High School have reinstated those programs, stating that increases consistent with the new mitigation measures will allow these activities to move forward.
In a letter to staff, students and family on Monday, OPRF Superintendent Dr Greg Johnson said the students are doing a “great job” to comply with the new requirements and that as a result, all sporting events, club activities and performances will be allowed to resume on Tuesday.
The new mitigation measures include requiring all students and staff to wear KN95 or surgical masks on school grounds. Students who don’t have the proper masks can get them when they enter the building, according to the email.
Students were also asked to increase their participation in a saliva testing program to help detect new cases of COVID at school. Officials said more than 2,000 students had enrolled in the program, but only 100 to 200 were participating on a weekly basis.
Tests will be carried out in the coming days, with students allowed to take tests during their physical education or health classes.
Students of all grade levels will be allowed lunch off campus for the next two weeks to help increase social distancing in cafeterias.
The Education Council plans to hold a special meeting on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. to discuss mitigation measures and procedures, the email said.
“Thank you to all of our students, faculty and staff for all of your efforts in helping our students return to the sports and activities they love,” Johnson said in the email. “You really represent the things that are the best. “
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The controversy began when an email was sent to parents on Friday night announcing the cancellation of sporting events and other activities. The district made the decision after experiencing a COVID outbreak at school, with 17 cases confirmed last week.
“When you factor in how many positive cases we have against this school,” Johnson said. “We are finding that the positivity rate within the OPRF is approximately three to four times that of surrounding communities right now.”
The superintendent faced a crowd of protesters on Saturday night, addressing the decision and mitigation measures, as well as answering questions from frustrated parents and students.
“If they promise you right away that they’ll do whatever it takes to do it, have you got their backs?” One person asked the superintendent.
The superintendent replied, “Yes, that’s why I’m here. “