NEWPORT — Though the Lincoln County School District began allowing limited attendance at district home sporting events at the start of the week, it did not officially release that information to the media until Thursday morning.
A release sent via email from LCSD Communications Specialist Kristin Bigler shortly before 11 a.m. Thursday, and later posted to the school district’s website, gave specifics of new policies toward spectator attendance at games hosted by district schools. It stated that two attendees per student athlete are permitted to be present in the stands at interscholastic sporting events. On designated senior nights, home-team athletes being honored will be allowed to host eight attendees for the game.
“In addition, fans who are within their own vehicle may watch the game from the parking lot as long as fire lanes, other vehicles, gates, and handicap parking spaces are not blocked,” the release reads. “Due to OSAA event contact tracing requirements, we will not allow fans to walk up to the fence or congregate in lawn chairs or other seating arrangements on LCSD property. This includes public facilities while under direct supervision and responsibility of LCSD.”
Fans will be permitted to view contests from the back of their vehicles, such as pickup truck beds, on school properties as long as they wear face coverings. The district says it’s important that fans are aware that restroom facilities will not be accessible to attendees in areas outside the event, such as parking lots.
“We are excited to have fans back and continue to look for COVID monitors and event volunteers,” the district release reads. “We will continue to monitor our county metrics throughout the (school year) and will have updates on spectator attendance rules, as necessary.”
Also in the release, the district noted that new challenges will be presented during the Season 3 sports season, which includes softball, baseball and girls and boys golf, tennis and track and field. Season 3 sports begin with the first practices on Monday, April 5.
“Traditionally, spring sports have our highest athletic participation and require the most volunteers and buses to make them happen,” reads the release. “We are working closely with First Student, our transportation provider, and other schools across the state to maintain as many events as possible. “
First Student is recruiting drivers for athletic event travel. For information about driver opportunities, call 541-336-5101. The district asks that people wishing to volunteer to help run or manage athletic events contact the specific school’s athletic director.
For more information, contact the Lincoln County School District at 541-265-9211 or visit its website at https://lincoln.k12.or.us/.