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Oswego School District 308 has announced a pause for all in-person sports and extracurricular activities, from Friday, Nov. 20 through Sunday, Nov. 29 due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
The district announced the changes pending the Nov. 20 start of enhanced mitigation measures under the state's Restore Illinois reopening plan and mitigation restrictions adopted by the IHSA.
"Changes will be made to the way athletics and activities operate in our district," a Nov. 20 press statement from the district read. "To allow time for planning and communication, all in-person sports, performing arts, extra-curricular activities, and clubs are paused beginning Friday, November 20 through Sunday, November 29."
A statement to the IHSA website Nov. 19 announced that all winter sports and activities will be paused beginning Nov. 20, following state guidelines.
"To maintain compliance with the most recent mitigations issued by Governor Pritzker that take effect on November 20, the IHSA Board issued guidance to pause all IHSA winter sports and activities by November 20," the statement read.
“All IHSA sports and activities will cease by November 20 for what we hope is a short-term pause,” IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson said. “Given the rising COVID-19 cases in our state and region, we support the Governor’s mitigations and believe it is imperative for everyone in the state to do their part in following them so that we can return to high school sports participation as soon as possible.”
The IHSA Board will revisit the status of winter programs on Dec. 2, and if necessary, again on Dec. 14.
Guidance from OSD 308 regarding the "feasibility of resuming these activities and any associated restrictions" will be released prior to Nov. 30, the statement continued.
"Additionally, all rentals for athletic and recreational purposes will be paused until further notice. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work diligently on a plan that aligns with the newest guidance."