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South Williamsport schools talk spectator guidelines for athletic events

The South Williamsport Area School Board discussed spectators at sports events at Monday’s meeting — while acknowledging much of what was being discussed depended on decisions in the state government.

One plan the district is considering, contingent on the state Legislature lifting the 250-person cap on attendance at football games, would give each student-participant — including band members and cheerleaders in addition to football players — two tickets for family members.

Under the plan, the ticket-holder would have assigned seating and social distancing would be practiced.

If the state government retains the 250-person cap, board members discussed using a lottery system to distribute the 40 to 50 tickets that would be available after accounting for athletes, band members, coaches and other game staff.

Board member Paul McGinn said he would like to see the families of seniors prioritized, as younger students will have future seasons to have family and friends cheer them on.

The board also discussed the feasibility of returning to five days a week on on-site instruction. McGinn noted other districts in Lycoming County have implemented a five-day schedule and said he was concerned the process would continue to defer the discussion until too far in the future.

Stamm said he would have more data to better inform a decision at the meeting Oct. 5, and also noted that the configuration of the district’s buildings make social distancing with all students in attendance impossible.

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