Update on Winter Sports

Dear Winter Sport Parents,
For your reference, listed below is an Attendance Interpretations Email received from Kansas State High School Association (KSHSAA) on December 9, 2020.  We thought this would be helpful information for our STA Winter Sports’ parents.
Please note that the school/school district has leeway to implement this.  For example, the Olathe school district is not allowing opponent spectators (parents/guardians) for December sporting events.  Please make sure to look at rSchool (Athletic Button on the STA website home page) where we will update information about spectator rules and also Livestreams.
“By action by the Board of Directors, the following was approved yesterday:
Effective Thursday, December 10 through January 28, 2021, interscholastic activities will allow for attendance of up to two parents/guardians per participant(s) family as allowed by local board of education or health department restrictions. 
Accordingly, the KSHSAA is receiving a number of requests for clarification and provides the following consistent interpretations for your use:
  1. Participants include: 
    · Players 
    · Coaches 
    · Student Managers 
    · Cheer squads/coaches
    · Dance teams/coaches
    · Pep bands/directors
    · Student Journalists 
  2. Coaches may have parents/guardians or spouse/significant other.
  3. Children of coaches and administrators do not meet the definition approved by the BOD.
  4. School Board members do not meet the criteria established by the BOD unless their child is an active participant.
  5. 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.
  6. Teams playing in that facility as part of a multi-game event may remain in the gym as long as they are socially distant.
  7. All spectators must be masked the entire time in facility, even if they are socially distanced.
  8. No “substitutes” for parent/guardian if they are unable to attend contest.
  9. Event staff are not afforded parent/guardian or spouse attendance.
  10. 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).”
Please let us know if you have any questions or if you need assistance.