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IHSA Executive Director clarifies letter sent to Gov. Pritzker, Deputy Gov. Jesse Ruiz

(HOI) -- A letter from IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson sent to Illinois' Governor and Deputy Governor for Education was greatly misconstrued on social media, according to the IHSA.

The letter to Governor JB Pritzker and Deputy Governor Jesse Ruiz sought permission for the IHSA and it's Sports Medicine Advisory Committee to resume control over determining the resumption of IHSA sports and activities.

According to an email from the IHSA, there have been no discussions or proposed timelines for resuming any sports.

The email also stresses that Illinois has attained one of the lowest COVID-19 infection rates in the country, with several surrounding states having successfully conducting sports categorized as medium and high risk in Illinois.

"We believe sports and activities are safest when conducted under the IHSA safety protocols by school personnel," the email said. "Those combined factors led us to issue this letter, and we will respectfully await response to it."

"The IHSA is not involved in any planned protests this weekend related to high school sports. If protests occur, we encourage all attendees to be safe, smart and respectful.”

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