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East Allegheny School Board has approved an spectator attendance plan for outdoor events just in time for the first home football game.
In accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations and state guidelines limiting gatherings to 250 people or less, each student participant — including players, cheerleaders and members of the band — will be allowed to have two members of their family attend games.
“We wouldn't be able to accommodate additional spectators beyond that,” Superintendent Alan Johnson said at this week’s school board meeting.
The Pennsylvania General Assembly is considering legislation that would allow school districts to set their own policies for attendance at events.
The bill has already passed the state Senate, though Gov. Tom Wolf has threatened to veto it if it passes the state House.
If the legislation is enacted, East Allegheny will consider changing its policies, Johnson said.
All spectators will be required to remain seated during the event, wear a mask while inside the stadium, and practice social distancing, school officials said. Standing along any fencing inside or outside the stadium is not permitted and there will be no concessions sold.
Away spectators will not be permitted to attend.
The new spectator policy applies mainly to football games, Johnson said. Crowds for other fall sports are “small enough that we have already been dealing with that,” he said.
According to Athletic Director Dave Loya, the East Allegheny technology department is working on livestreaming games over the Internet. For this Friday, the visiting team, Burrell, is also going to try to stream the game.
If a stream is ready by Friday, a link will be posted on the districts website, www.eawildcats.net, prior to the 7 p.m. start of the game.
In order to further discuss a few agenda items involving personnel and special education, the meeting was recessed into executive session and will resume at 7 p.m. Sept. 21. A link to the meeting will be posted on the district's website.
Kristen Keleschenyi is a freelance writer in North Versailles Twp. and one of the hosts of the Kristen & Amber Show on WMCK Internet Radio at 5 p.m. Saturdays, 9 p.m. Mondays and 4 p.m. Thursdays. She may be reached at email@example.com.
Originally published September 16, 2020.