As a result of Governor Pritzker’s mask mandate for all schools across the state of Illinois on Wednesday, August 4, masks are required at all indoor Illinois High School Association (IHSA) athletic events for student-athletes, coaches, officials, game personnel and fans.
According to the IHSA, this masking mandate applies to all IHSA fall sport practices and contests that are conducted indoors. Swimmers and divers do not have to wear masks while competing, but must adhere at all other times. The masking directive also applies to any winter or spring IHSA sports that may be conducting open gyms, general conditioning, or weightlifting indoors. At this time, there are no restrictions to scheduling or spectator limitations as a result of Governor Pritzker’s announcement, nor are there any changes to the IHSA calendar for any sports.
According to ISBE guidance, “schools should implement screening testing of athletic participants who are not fully vaccinated up to 24 hours before sporting, competition, or extracurricular events (e.g., competitions).” Updates to guidance, event calendars, and spectating requirements will be communicated to families by the district, building administrators and coaching staff as needed. If your student(s) is identified as a close contact as a result of participation in an athletic event, you will be contacted by a school nurse.