BCPS prepares to welcome athletic spectators

BCPS prepares to welcome athletic spectators
Posted on 02/25/2021

Morganton, NC – Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021

Burke County Public Schools and our high schools and middle schools are excited about N.C. Governor Roy Cooper’s new executive order that increases crowd attendance in outdoor stadiums to 30 percent capacity starting Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. As the soccer season continues and football, softball, baseball and other outdoor sports prepare for first games and matches, the capacity increase means many more family members and fans will be allowed to watch our student athletes compete. Mask wearing, social distancing, temperature checks and well checks will be enforced and all other North Carolina High School Athletic Association rules and regulations, and health and safety guidelines and procedures will be followed. Here are a few things you need to know before attending an event:
- Tickets for outdoor athletic events will be available to all spectators at the gate, up to the 30-percent capacity limit.

- Parking lots and gates will not open until one hour prior to the start of the sporting event. Tailgating in parking lots on school grounds will be prohibited. Limited concessions will be available and will only include prepackaged food and beverages.

- Masks must be worn to gain entrance and be kept on, covering the mouth and nose, at all times.

- Everyone who attends must have their temperatures checked.

- Before attending the sporting event, please review the following well check guidelines and do not attend athletic events if you can answer yes to any of the following:

-Have you had close contact (within 6 feet for a cumulative total of15 minutes over a 24 hour period) in the last 10 days with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or has any health department or health care provider advised you to quarantine?

-Do you have any of the following symptoms or live with someone who has any of the following symptoms: Fever of 100.0°F or greater without fever reducing medicine; chills; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; new cough; new loss of taste or smell?

-Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19 or live with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 10 days?

- Social distancing markers will be placed throughout the event area, including in the stands. Those who do not live in the same household must follow social distancing guidelines of remaining six feet apart.

- Now that more spectators are allowed to watch in person, the events will not be live streamed.

- Only NCHSAA passes will be honored this season.

- Additional specific information pertaining to each school and each sport will be provided on school websites.

Upcoming events include:

- Draughn High School football opens at home against West Iredell. The game has been moved to tonight due to heavy rains expected on Friday. Because the governor’s order does not take effect until Friday, a limited number of tickets were made available to parents of athletes and band members.

- East Burke football’s home opener against West Caldwell will be played either Saturday at 2 p.m. or Monday at 7 p.m. due to West Caldwell’s basketball team still being in play.

- Patton High football opens tonight away at Fred T. Foard.

- Freedom football opens tonight away at St. Stephens.

We thank you for your support and understanding during this time of navigating high school athletics in the midst of this pandemic. We also thank you for realizing these policies and guidelines are given to us by state officials and must be followed for everyone’s safety and for our teams to continue to meet NCHSAA eligibility. We are relying on you and your cooperation to help make our season successful. As a reminder, to help continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep our schools open to in-person learning and our athletic teams healthy as well as for everyone’s health and safety, please continue to follow the 3 Ws: Wear a face covering. Wait and practice social distancing. Wash your hands thoroughly and often.

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