FCPS releases guidelines for fall sporting events
District limits spectators, enhances safety requirements
Fayette County Public Schools seeks to educate the whole child, which includes a commitment to both academic and athletic excellence. As the district navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, all decisions are in accordance with guidance and best practices outlined by federal, state, and local officials including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Kentucky Governor’s Office, Kentucky Department for Public Health, Kentucky Department of Education, and Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.
In the area of athletics, FCPS is bound to the rules and requirements outlined by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA), the governing agency designated by KDE to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth. Within the KHSAA guidelines allowing fall sports to continue, each school district is responsible for devising its own protocols for certain aspects of athletic events.
Recognizing the critical importance of partnering with families to support student success, FCPS 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.
FCPS guidelines include:
- Limited admittance for four to five 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 everyone 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 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.
These safety measures, which were developed by a team of district administrators, school principals, and athletic directors, give student-athletes the best possible opportunity to enjoy a full season of competition.
(Posted Sept. 8, 2020)