Rochester schools in ‘virtual learning,’ but sports to continue as scheduled
BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS
Sports Editor, RTC
Rochester High School athletics will continue as scheduled this week, according to a statement from athletic director Ryan Johnson.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Rochester Schools announced Monday morning a switch to “virtual education” through Nov. 16.
“Due to COVID and those throughout the district who are either symptomatic or quarantined, it is necessary for us to safeguard all,” Johnson said. “Each building’s students, faculty and staff have been affected differently resulting in the determinations for each age group.”
Johnson also said that those who have been exposed to a person who has received a positive test and those who have been exposed to a symptomatic person are forbidden to practice and must quarantine for 14 days. Any violation of the quarantine standards will result in a suspension the length of 25 percent of the season.
Johnson also said that boys basketball and boys swimming practice will begin Nov. 9 as scheduled.
Girls basketball and girls swimming practice have already started. Wrestling practice started Monday.
The RHS girls basketball team will travel to North Judson for their season opener at 6:30 p.m./8 p.m. (JV/Varsity) Eastern on Thursday. RHS will host Caston at 6 p.m./7:30 p.m. Saturday.
RHS also has road games against Northwestern (Nov. 11) and NorthWood (Nov. 14) before in-class learning resumes.
Rochester Middle School and youth athletics have been canceled through Nov. 16 and may resume practice on Nov. 17.
“We understand that this is frustrating and disappointing to many, but our number one priority is the safety and health of all of our students,” Johnson said in his statement. “We will continue to provide any relevant information to you and your family as it is available and appropriate to share.”