Chicago public schools may not play basketball this winter. CPS sent a memo to the school on Thursday announcing that high school and elementary school basketball for boys and girls will be postponed until further notice and may be moved to the spring or summer of 2021.
“Although the Illinois High School Association has not removed high school basketball from the winter sports calendar, [Gov. J.B. Pritzker] with [the Illinois Department of Public Health] The CPS email said: “We have determined that basketball is at a greater risk of the spread of COVID-19 and cannot safely participate in the game this winter.”
“Our region has a long tradition of basketball. We know this is not the result that many of our students, parents and coaches want to see, but Governor Pritzker, IDPH and the Illinois Board of Education have made it clear that basketball should not be played this winter. , Because it poses a significant risk to participants and school community members. We are following their guidance and are committed to supporting all sports that can be done safely this winter.”
Pritzker said earlier Thursday that basketball will be postponed to spring. Therefore, if CPS continues to follow his leadership, there will not be any public league basketball this winter.
Pritzker said: “We are not saying that these sports will not be carried out.” “We are postponing the progress of these sports. We are talking about training and conditioning. They can do even high-risk sports. It is said that we are going to shut down this sport. But these have already entered the spring, I hope we can see effective vaccines and treatments.”
Simeon coach Robert Smith was not surprised by the news.
Smith said: “I think we have to wait until at least one month to start.” “Whatever they say is good to me. It is related to the safety of the children. That is their choice. I just work for CPS. I I must do what they tell me.”
IHSA announced on Wednesday that it will enter the basketball season and it is up to the school district to decide whether they will compete with IHSA in November, or wait until the governor and IDPH approve to participate in the game at a certain time. spring.
This means that this winter, the CPS team may sit and play in Chicago’s private schools and suburban schools.
“Will the children move and move elsewhere? It might be so,” Smith said. “We don’t know. The children want to play. They are children, so they don’t look at the seriousness of bad things.”
Junior Clark basketball player Mikell Jones said that the winter without public league basketball sounds crazy, but he understands why.
Jones said: “I thought we would start the season in November, but I know that safety is the first.” “We need to wait until everything becomes clear and good, and no one has tested positive results.”
CPS also set April 19 as the tentative start date for wrestling, and said that cheerleading, dancing, bowling for boys and girls, and swimming and diving for boys will take place this winter.