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OPRF Gets To Keep Playing Sports For Now

Students and parents of Oak Park River Forest High School celebrate the continuation of sports and other activities after the school board threatened to end the programs because of increased COVID cases.

Recent news headlines stated that Oak Park and River Forest High School canceled all extracurricular activities such as clubs and sports due to the spike of COVID cases in their district. According to ABC News, the high school had 17 new cases in a week despite 81% of students and 90% of teachers being fully vaccinated.

Many parents have been rooting for extracurricular activities to be continued even though there has been a rise in virus cases. These parents and students went as far as to protest in front of the school last weekend and made demands upon the School Board not to cancel sports until winter break. Apparently the demands worked. According to the school’s website all extracurricular activities are to resume today, ABC News reported.

It’s a well known fact that extra curricular activities and sports contribute to an individual’s well being, especially when it comes to mental health. In this unprecedented time, many teens have used sports and clubs as a stress outlet and a coping mechanism. Some teens only think about getting out of school to go right to their club or the sport he/she might be a part of. By ripping away all extra curricular activities it leaves teens prone to being more stressed out and depressed.

Prior to the recent decision to continue with sports and other activities, Giovanni Pamias, a senior at Oak Park and River Forest High School, offered his opinion about the situation. “Sports is my mental outlet. It’s unfortunate that the winter season is cancelled, but I have to admit, me and my family’s physical safety comes first.”

Jayden Cummings, a senior at Simeon Career Academy High School, is hopeful that a shut down won’t be necessary at his school. “Hearing that the Oak Park district cancelled their sports is devastating. For some people like me, it’s my future,” he said.

Tim Taiwo, a senior from Gwendolyn Brooks stated, “Health is wealth. Students should abide by the safety arrangements that were put out and hopefully the district sees improvement on the COVID cases.”

According to the school website, new rules will be put in place in hopes of stopping the spread of the virus. The Board of Education is holding a special meeting on tonight, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the COVID mitigations. The public is invited to attend online. The link to view the meeting will be available by clicking here to go to their BoardDocs page.

 

By Dasia Garner, Senior, Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep

Instagram: @amoredasia

Written by Dasia Garner

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