Fans in the stands!

Laurel Public Schools to allow limited spectators at fall activities
By 
Chris Mcconnell
Thursday, September 10, 2020

The Laurel School Board held a special meeting last night [after the Laurel Outlook’s Wednesday deadline] and likely approved a district plan to allow limited spectators at Locomotive sporting events this fall. The plan is in accordance with Yellowstone County Health guidelines, which now allow school districts to make their own rules regarding attendance at school activities.

The Laurel School District will tentatively allow family groups of four to attend outdoor sporting events and groups of two indoors.

Superintendent Dr. Linda Filpula said on Wednesday morning that visiting team spectators will be asked to notify the district 72 hours in advance of the game or match, and local family groups will need to give notification on attendance numbers 48 hours in advance. The Laurel student body will have a sign–up sheet at the respective schools.

Filpula said masks will be required by all spectators. “We’ve been advised that because of the yelling and cheering, there would need to be 12 feet of space between family groups if no masks were required,” she said, which would limit the attendance numbers significantly. “We were up in the stands with a tape measure,” she said, speaking about how they determined the numbers allowed for each venue, adding, “This is all in compliance with Yellowstone County Health guidelines.”

Filpula also said the district is actively seeking volunteers to help manage the protocols during the events, including ticketing and ushering fans to the stands. Anyone interested in helping Locomotive sporting events run as smooth as possible can contact Laurel Activities Director Dominick Vergara at 628–3500 or via email at lpsactivities@laurel.k12.mt.us.

This plan is largely based on the cooperative effort of Yellowstone County Activities Directors, Superintendents and the Yellowstone County Health Department, following the Governor’s current directives and orders related to COVID-19 and operation of schools during the 2020-2021 academic year. The tentative plan for each Laurel sports venus are as follows:

Laurel Stadium

1. All active players, cheerleaders, band members, and coaches will be issued, upon request, up to 4 tickets for close family members to attend games. Up to 150 family groups will be allowed.

2. The visiting team will be issued tickets for up to 60 family groups of 4, to attend games. Visiting teams will have a separate ticket entrance in the stadium and will pay at the gate.

3. Masks will be required for all spectators and players will follow MHSA guidelines for masks.

4. Travel teams could be limited in size according to the activity.

5. Spectators that are health compromised or exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 are encouraged to watch the NFHS broadcast of the event.

Laurel High School Gym

1. All active players, cheerleaders, band members, and coaches will be issued, upon request, 2 tickets for close family members to attend games. Up to 85 family groups will be allowed.

2. All visiting team players and coaches will be issued 2 tickets for family members to attend games. Visiting teams will have a separate ticket entrance in the stadium and will pay at the gate.

3. Masks will be required for all spectators and players will follow MHSA guidelines for masks.

4. Travel teams could be limited in size according to the activity.

5. Spectators that are health compromised or exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 are encouraged to watch the NFHS broadcast of the event.

Laurel Middle School Gym

1. All active players and coaches will be issued, upon request, 2 tickets for close family members to attend games. Up to 25 family groups will be allowed.

2. All visiting team players and coaches will be issued 2 tickets for family members to attend games. Visiting teams will have a separate ticket entrance and will pay at the gate. Up to 25 family groups will be allowed.

3. Masks will be required for all spectators and players will follow MHSA guidelines for masks.

4. Travel teams could be limited in size according to the activity.

5. Spectators that are health compromised or exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 are encouraged to watch the NFHS broadcast of the event.

The requirements of this plan are effective as of September 9, and remain in effect until modified by Laurel Board of Trustees.

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