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SV school board OKs spectator plan

September 15, 2020 News Extra

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Following Gov. Tom Wolf's reversal and a bill passed by the state Legislature, spectators will be permitted at Seneca Valley School District sporting events.

In a unanimous vote at a board meeting Monday, the district approved a revised health and safety plan for the return to sports/activity in which spectators are permitted, the number of whom being based on a list of factors.

Heather Lewis, the district's athletic director, said the biggest thing is that spectators — and, therefore, student-athletes' parents — will be permitted in the bleachers.

The factors deciding the number of spectators are manifold, with each sport having its own crowd size limit.

“A cross-country race course will be different from a volleyball gymnasium,” Lewis said. “We will set spectator capacity based on the venue and the sport and the squad sizes … in that particular venue.”

Seneca Valley will continue to charge for attendance at sports competitions as it has in the past, but with increased prices to accommodate services the district now must perform in accordance with various guidelines.

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