Wichita school district to allow limited spectators at fall sporting events

Sep 24, 2020; Wichita, Kansas, USA; during a game between the Heights Falcons and North...
Sep 24, 2020; Wichita, Kansas, USA; during a game between the Heights Falcons and North Redskins ©KellyRoss(©KellyRoss)
Published: Oct. 5, 2020 at 7:59 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - The Wichita Public Schools Board of Education Monday voted 6-1 in favor of returning fans to fall sporting events, at a limited capacity. The spectator allowance starts Tuesday.

The proposal the board approved at its Monday night meeting calls for allowing high school participants in student sports and activities, including dance, cheer, and band (where applicable) to receive four vouchers for an event. Middle school participants get two vouchers. The district said this is due to limited capacity in middle school facilities.

Event guidelines shared by Wichita Public Schools Athletic Director J. Means call for spectators to wear masks at all times and to sit in family groups of four or less. The guidelines specify that a family group includes people from the same household. Spectators also must maintain at least six feet of social distance at all times form non-family members.

Concession stands won’t be open, but spectators may bring unopened, non-alcoholic drinks inside the facility where they’re attending a game or event. No food will be allowed.

“If someone does not abide by the guidelines, they will be removed from the event," the district’s rules say.

Ahead of Monday night’s school board meeting, Eyewitness News spoke with a Wichita Public Schools student-athlete and a parent about what it means to be a spectator, cheering on family and friends.

For the past few weeks, Jennifer Johnson has been watching her daughter, Druzzla, play football for Wichita West High School from outside the stadium’s fence.

“Those of us that are here, we’re trying to get loud and make sure that, you know, we see what you’re doing, we know how awesome you are, we want you to know it,” Johnson said.

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