The Athletic Department and coaching staff are encouraged by recent news regarding local health metrics, tiered options, and the return to participation for our winter athletes. In addition, we have been told we will receive updated season information, dates, and calendars from the IHSA on Wednesday, January 27th. We will share that information as soon as it is finalized. We will be following the most current guidance provided in the January 22, 2021 update to the Restore Illinois All Sports Policy that is issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
- The Winter 'Lower Risk' sports of G-Badminton, G-Gymnastics, Competitive Cheer, Competitive Dance, B-Swim/Dive are scheduled to start Monday 1/25/21. The Coaches will directly contact athletes regarding levels, locations, and specific times.
- Special Olympics plans to hold an organizational meeting during the week of 1/25 and then begin in-person activities on 1/30.
- Boys and Girls Basketball, currently categorized as a 'Higher Risk' sport, is scheduled to begin 'In-season' activities or 'Winter Contact Days' as early as Wednesday 1/27. We are optimistic this will be clarified by the IHSA at their meeting on Wednesday and will provide an update as soon as it is made available.
- Engagement opportunities (Contact Days, Lifting, etc...) and timelines for sports identified as occurring during Spring or Summer seasons will be communicated after the IHSA meeting on 1/27/21. Stay tuned.
Daily Risk Mitigation Efforts
- ALL students (athletes, helpers, managers, etc.) must participate in Gateway testing prior to participating in the restart of winter athletics. Sports that participate in activities that are considered moderate to high risk, will be required to participate in on-going surveillance testing.
- All Athletes and Coaches must complete the Covid-19 health screener tool and present their 'GREEN SCREEN' prior to admittance to practice EVERY DAY! Parents of athletes should oversee the accurate completion of this important procedure
- Masks MUST be worn at ALL times covering the nose and mouth. Gator style masks are not acceptable. If there are any exceptions to masks specified in an individual sports guidelines, coaches will remind those programs directly (ie - swimmers when in the water, etc..
- At this time, all practices will be structured to maintain 6-foot social distancing, for all activities. Athletes will be reminded to help with adhering to this important safety procedure. Spaces will be marked with visual cues and reminders.
At this time, the maximum number of participants in a single space is 25 (this includes athletes & coaches). This may change as we move forward, but that is the guidance we will be using at this time.
Additional Safety & Important Information
- Attendance will be taken and recorded daily. This is helpful in the event we need to assist in the contact tracing process.
- Athletes need to have their OWN reusable water bottle. If they happen to forget, our trainers will have some disposable bottles.
- Venues will be equipped with appropriate signage, as well as readily available hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies.
- Team Rooms and Team Lockers will not be used at this time. Athletes should come dressed if arriving from home/remote, or use available spaces for changing on an individual basis per posted and approved space limits if they are attending in-person learning.
- Athletes should NOT carpool unless they are from the same household.
- We ask that all parents be prompt when picking up their child after practice to avoid any unnecessary lingering.
- All required participation paperwork must be current. Coaches have been provided updated copies and should be in touch with athletes who have anything missing or expired.
All Information and procedures are subject to change based upon updates provided by the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH), the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the Lake County Health Department (LCHD), and the local school board.
The Lake Forest Athletic Department
Sports Participation Fee -
There is a sports participation fee of $235 per sport, which will be invoiced from the business office once a student makes the final team roster per season. Fees can be paid online at https://lakeforest.revtrak.net/Athletics-Menu/
PLEASE REMEMBER - Sports Participation fee is separate from any money that might be collected from Team Parents for additional needs that the team might have during the season, including but not limited to: snacks, drinks, team dinners and banquet expenses.
Billing questions? Please contact the District Fee Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org LFHS West Campus, 300 S. Waukegan Rd.
Please refer to the Parent/Athletic Handbook for additional information.
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