Fayette County game rules: Limited family size, separate seating, masks

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Fayette County Schools athletic events will have fans this fall but they will be smaller crowds and they’ll be attending under strict guidelines, the school district announced Tuesday afternoon.

he Kentucky High School Athletic Association, the governing agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth, has allowed fall sports to start this week but districts were charged with coming with rules for fans.

“Recognizing the critical importance of partnering with families to support student success, our district has developed guidelines that give families the opportunity to attend athletic competitions, while also providing a safe competition environment for athletes, coaches and spectators. These procedures have been approved by the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department and are in compliance with all KHSAA requirements,” the district said in a statement.

FCPS guidelines include:

  • Limited admittance for 4-5 previously identified members of each athlete’s immediate family.
  • Provisions allowing cheerleaders and bands to participate; cheer and band families will follow the same limited admission as athletes’ families.
  • Temperature and health screening requirements for all persons entering the competition venue.
  • Assigned seating for family units at least 6 feet apart from other families.
  • Mask requirements for all spectators during the entire competition. The only exception will be for those with a medical exemption documented by a medical doctor on official letterhead from the office issuing the exemption. Those who refuse to wear a mask for any other reason will not be allowed entry or will be asked to leave the event.
  • School discretion about whether to offer limited concession stand sales.
  • Entrance and exit expectations and prohibition of congregating in groups before, during or after events.

The district is in the process of finalizing its “Fayette County Public Schools Return to Competition Guidelines,” which include detailed information for students, staff and families.

Each athletic director or coach will be responsible for reviewing these expectations with their teams and families. Other documents outlining safety requirements include the district’s “Return to Play Guidelines” and the “KHSAA Healthy at Sports: Stage 3 Performance Return To Competition: Considerations For Fall Sports” documents.

“We thank everyone in advance for their cooperation with all expectations. These safety measures, which were developed by a team of district administrators, school principals, and athletic directors, give our student athletes the best possible opportunity to enjoy a full season of games,” the district concluded in its statement.

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