A lot of thought has gone into how to handle large-scale outdoor events, like football games and homecoming. These are events that the entire community typically looks forward to every fall, and school leaders want to continue to hold them even during the pandemic. Therefore, as of now, attendance at large-scale outdoor events is not limited. However, in order to hold such events the district needs to rely on the entire BH-BL community to help district staff conduct these events safely. It’s important that all of the hard work done in schools is not reversed during after-school events.
The Board-approved mitigation plan is based on current CDC guidelines that recommend that “people who are not fully vaccinated wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact with other people. Fully vaccinated people might choose to wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings if they or someone in their household is immunocompromised.” If you are at one of our large outdoor events and you find yourself in a crowded situation (where 3-foot physical distance cannot be achieved), we ask that you either wear a mask or move to a less crowded area out of courtesy to the people around you. As has been past practice, spectators may still bring their own folding/lawn chairs to sit apart from the bleachers. Additionally lawn and fence space will be opened to allow fans to spread out.
An exception to this is the “student section” of the bleachers. Due to the close quarters typically found in this section, students will be required to wear masks when seated in this area only.
School leaders will reassess large scale outdoor events after Friday’s football game to determine if any changes need to be made to the requirements to ensure that we are doing what we can to keep our students safe.
Other Regular Reminders
- Any spectator who is in grade 8 or below must be accompanied by an adult in order to attend the game. The accompanying adult must be present in order for students to enter the game.
- Spectators are not permitted to enter Centennial field with items such as lacrosse sticks, footballs, baseballs, or any similar object that can be thrown, kicked, etc. Spectators are here to watch the game.
- If you are attending other suburban council games, please review their Spectator Guidelines prior to the game. Those guidelines can be found here: https://www.bhbl.org/suburban-council-spectator-guidelines-for-fall-athletic-season/