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KSHSAA says that parents are allowed!

December 09, 2020

According to KSHSAA’s recent decision, limited spectators will be allowed into ballgames, starting Thursday, Dec. 10. The guidelines, however, are very specific - two per family, and they must be a parent or guardian; siblings will not be admitted.

Every parent/guardian will need to be checked in at the gate. If they are not on the list, they will not be allowed in. The league and host schools have the right to enforce other restrictions as circumstances warrant. Coaches are allowed to have only their spouse at their games, and they too will need to be on the gate list.

Also according to KSHSAA, everyone attending an indoor sporting event or other indoor KSHSAA-sanctioned activity will be required to wear a mask or face covering as defined in EO 20-59. These policies will be a minimum and can be stricter based on local ordinances.

Today (12/9/2020), the NWKL principals and athletic directors met to discuss KSHSAA’s recent ruling. As a league, we require that masks be worn correctly. If a spectator fails to do so and is asked to leave an event, he/she will be banned for the season.

Parents with medical exemptions will need to provide the proper documentation when traveling to another school. They may also be asked to wear a lanyard indicating that they are exempted from the mask requirement.

The league also unanimously agreed that no spectators will be allowed at the 2020 Jr. High Boys’ NWKL Basketball Tournament, which will be held in Sharon Springs next week, because of the number of schools involved and limited space.

We thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Brandon Gehring, Athletic Director

Brenda Breth, Principal

Update: KSHSAA provided clarification this afternoon (12/9/2020):

1. Participants include: 

· Players 

· Coaches 

· Student Managers 

· Cheer squads/coaches

· Dance teams/coaches

· Pep bands/directors

· Student Journalists 

2. Children of coaches and administrators do not meet the definition approved by the BOD (Board of Directors).

3. School Board members do not meet the criteria established by the BOD unless their child is an active participant.

4. Parents/guardians are there to support their child while in competition; there is no reason for them to attend “all” games in the facility on a given day.

5. Teams playing in that facility as part of a multi-game event may remain in the gym as long as they are socially distant.

6. All spectators must be masked the entire time in facility, even if they are socially distanced.

7. No “substitutes” for parent/guardian if they are unable to attend contest.

8. Event staff are not afforded parent/guardian or spouse attendance.

9. The impacted interscholastic activities include basketball, bowling, debate, forensics/speech, scholars bowl, swimming & diving, and wrestling.

 

(Please remember, the reason restricted attendance is necessary is to minimize exposure opportunities and support school and community health (both CDC and KDHE recommend no mass gatherings).

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