September 30, 2020
From the Hornell School District:
Hornell CSD sets guidelines for spectators at athletic events
With athletic contests to set resume soon, the Hornell City School District has outlined its guidelines for spectators. These guidelines were developed with assistance from the Steuben County Health Department and the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHAA).
The district will limit access to two spectators per athlete. This not only follows guidance from NYSPHAA, it allows the district to stay in compliance with regulations from the New York State Department of Health, the overall governing body for COVID regulations. Currently, the Health Department has limited non-essential gatherings to 50 people. Many of the district’s teams have as many as 20 athletes.
School Districts across Steuben County in both the LCAA and in the Steuben County Athletic Association have made the determination to only have home spectators at home games at this time.
All spectators will be screened for COVID symptoms prior to entering the event and will be required to social distance and wear a face covering.
In addition, the district will broadcast games live on Peish Sports, when possible.
Many Livingston County Athletic Association (LCAA) schools will be following this same guidance and coaches will be in touch with families and athletes on a game-by-game basis. It is also important to note that these guidelines could evolve to be either more or less restrictive based on infection rates and what is going on within the region and could vary school to school.
In a letter to parents, Athletic Director John Cardamone said, “While the prospect of only having two spectators per athlete may not be ideal, it is important to keep in perspective the fact that our priority is the safety and well-being of our students . The students having an opportunity to attend school and play, despite all of the restrictive circumstances, is, and will remain, our number one priority. We appreciate your consideration and support as we move toward competitions. “