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DCSD updates spectator guidance for winter athletics and activities

Posted: Tue, Jan 12, 2021 10:44 AM

In a message to the Decorah Community School District, Decorah High School Associate Principal and Activities Director Adam Riley updated spectators on what can be expected at upcoming events.

On January 7th,  Governor Reynolds issued new updated guidance related to admittance of spectators. The administration is excited about the lifting of restrictions, but Decorah will need to still have a system in place to monitor the number of spectators in the facilities to maintain proper physical distancing guidelines. The primary focus of the system will be to keep students and spectators safe from transmission of COVID 19. Riley said, "In order to keep our students safe, the district will continue to need the help and support of our families and spectators for the seasons to be able to continue."

Based on the agreement of member Northeast Iowa Conference Schools and the Decorah Community School District, admission of spectators to winter sporting events will still be limited in accordance with the following guidelines. Certain activities (bowling, swimming, wrestling tournaments, speech, music and middle school sports) will have modified admission requirements based on facility needs and ability to separate students from crowds.

Admittance to events will be granted under the following considerations and guidelines for high school events:

*Family members living in the same household of each participant will be admitted to events through a checklist system with a maximum number of 6 individuals being admitted.
*Each participant in the event will also be allowed to distribute their current 2 passes to any individuals not in their household.
*All spectators are required to wear masks entering and exiting the event as well as while the event is occurring.
*Families are required to sit together and physical distance from other groups at all times for all indoor events.
*No organized student sections will be allowed until further notice.

Riley continues, saying, "Spectators and family members are asked to remain respectful and compliant with current guidelines at all times when visiting schools and private facilities for events. The public health officials, school administrators and coaches who have developed these strategies continue to do their best and are working diligently to create a safe and healthy environment for all."

Spectators not following social distancing and/or behavioral expectations will be asked to leave the event.

Riley's message concluded, reminding the community, "We continue to feel fortunate to continue to have an opportunity to watch our young people participate in the activities they love this winter thanks to the mitigation strategies and cooperation exhibited by all stakeholders in recent months. Let's continue to be respectful of the guidelines for all schools as we seek to support completion of the current winter sports seasons. We look forward to continuing to see all fans and families when and where possible at our events in the near future!"