The Half Hollow Hills Board of Education announced during its monthly meeting on Monday that the tracks at both high schools will soon be off limits to the public during school hours.
Vice President James Ptucha said that the district has decided to close the tracks to better protect students.
He said that there were incidents in which some individuals were "improperly interacting with students," which led to the decision to close the tracks during school hours (7:10 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.). He did not elaborate on those instances, but said the decision is based around improving student safety.
The tracks at and will remain open to the public before and after school hours.
Signs will be posted at the tracks informing runners of the new limited public hours.