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Update, March 24, 2021 - Expanded Spectator Capacity
Update, March 24, 2021 - Expanded Spectator Capacity
Kevin Ross
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Marshall Schools Community,

Since my last update on March 12, a number of things have changed with regards to spectator capacity at events.  With the Governor's announcement of steps towards Phase 5, capacity limits for both indoor and outdoor spectator events were affected for the current Phase 4, the impending “Bridge” Phase, and eventual Phase 5. 

Phase 4 (Current Phase) Indoor Events

Indoor spectator event capacity has moved from 50 total to 25% of permanent seating available.  We will be starting this at our Thursday home VB game with tickets given in advance to our student participants to distribute for 125 home fans and 75 visiting fans plus general admission for Marshall High School Students who want to attend.  JH Girls Basketball games will be moved to McNary Gym also with the exception of one game where we have a conflict and must stay at the MJHS Gym (spectator #’s there will be much more limited).

Ceremonies such as National Honors Society Induction, concerts, and awards nights under this model could now accommodate between 300 and 400 spectators in McNary Gym depending on the set-up of the event.

 Per the IDPH, Members of the public with proof of full vaccination (ex. CoVid Vaccination Record Card from the Health Department) will be admitted and do not count against spectator numbers.

We do not have general admission for the public at this time.

Phase 4 (Current Phase) Outdoor Events

Outdoor Spectator event capacity has changed from 20% of seating capacity outside to 25% seating capacity plus allowing for socially distanced spectators along the track fence.  We will be starting this at our home Football game on Saturday with 300 home tickets given in advance to our student participants (Football Players, Cheerleaders, Marching Band, and Marshallettes) plus general admission for Marshall High School Students who want to attend.  The 300 tickets may be used to fill the bleacher seating to 25% capacity and for standing along open track fence space.  The general admission Students will stand along open track fence space.  150 tickets have been given to the visiting team for 25% capacity seating on the visitors side and standing along open track fence space on the visiting side. 

We do not have general admission for the public at this time.  Viewing from outside stadium fencing from Parker Drive or the North End by the Jr High or from adjoining private property w/ permission from the owner is fine.

Per the IDPH, Members of the public with proof of full vaccination (ex. CoVid Vaccination Record Card from the Health Department) will be admitted and do not count against spectator numbers.

Bridge Phase (Occurs when 70% of the 65 and older population is vaccinated - Current count is at 64%)  When this occurs, indoor and outdoor capacities go to 60%.  This will change tremendously the capacity for not only sporting events, but also the capacity and format for events such as Awards Ceremonies, Concerts, and Graduation.

We are hopeful that this could happen within the next week to two weeks.  When this occurs, we will share updated information for spectators that will include provisions for some general admission for the public.

Phase 5 (50% of the population 16 and older are vaccinated)

Full capacity.

In all of these steps towards being open, the IDPH and Governor have held that Masks and social distancing standards are still expected to be upheld indoors and out for School events.  The Governor noted that this expectation would be relaxed when allowed by the CDC.

Other Notes

We are excited for our students and community that things are beginning to open back up.  As we do this, the urge for things to be back to normal is great for us and the community.  Just as schools were first to be shut down last year, I anticipate the rules for school will be some of the slowest to ease up.  

We are one of a handful of districts that opened on-time in August with an all-day in-person learning option for our students and community and with the exception of 3 snow days have not had to stray from that model.  We have been able to accomplish this with a tremendous amount of work from our staff and a tremendous amount of cooperation and patience from the community.  We have done our best throughout and will continue to do our best to make this work to the best of our ability.  We appreciate continued cooperation and patience from the community.


Sincerely,

K. Ross

Additional Updates will be shared via the Marshall Schools App as needed and weekly Marshall Schools updates on WMMC with Joey O continue on Thursday mornings at 8:30 a.m.