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Jenks Public Schools Apologizes For Not Enforcing Distancing, Masking At Football Game

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A photo posted by Jenks Public Schools on social media shows many attendees at a Saturday football game flouting public health measures meant to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

Jenks Public Schools issued an apology on Sunday for allowing attendees at a Saturday championship football game to crowd closely together while not wearing masks, even as local COVID-19 numbers grow grimmer by the day.

"The photo of the Jenks High School student section included in a post on Saturday from the state championship football game has been widely criticized," the district said in a statement, referring to a photo posted to the district's social media.

"Jenks Public Schools acknowledges and accepts this criticism. There were too many high school students without masks and too many high school students in close contact with one another. This is not the kind of safe environment JPS seeks to create for students and staff members."

"JPS understands the importance of social distancing and masks. At future secondary events, Jenks Public Schools pledges to do more to maintain stricter safety protocols. The lack of safety protocols at the state championship game was not up to the standard that is expected. Jenks Public Schools and Jenks High School sincerely apologizes for this mistake," the district said.

Jenks students in grades 9 through 12 are scheduled to return to in-person learning on Monday.

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