Jenks Public Schools apologize after social media outcry due to state championship photos

The district issued a statement after sharing pictures of players and students celebrating the win without masks and no social distancing

JENKS, Okla. — Jenks Public Schools took a lot of fire on social media over the weekend, after making a Facebook post to celebrate their 2020 6A-1 State Championship win.

Back on top. Trojans are your 6A-1 state champs. 🏉🏉🏉🏉🏉🏉🏉🏉🏉🏉🏉🏉🏉🏉🏉🏉🏉. The count stands at 17. Second-most titles of any program in Oklahoma. Congrats to the coaches and players!

Posted by Jenks Public Schools on Saturday, December 5, 2020

The post showed students and student-athletes in close proximity and not wearing masks.

Many commented about the safety risks of students not practicing social distancing or wearnig masks in the photos, enough for the district to issue a followup statement in a second post.

PLEASE READ FOLLOW UP TO PREVIOUS POST: The photo of the Jenks High School student section included in a post on...

Posted by Jenks Public Schools on Sunday, December 6, 2020

The district issued the following statement:

“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.

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 photo of the Jenks High School student section included in a post on Saturday from the state championship football game has been widely criticized.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.”


Ben Morgan

News Editor

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