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Letter: BOE approves some sports spectators

March 3, 2021

Dear Oswego City School District students, families and community,

I am writing today with the exciting news from last night’s Board of Education meeting as a return for some spectators at OCSD sporting events has been approved! We know being able to root on our Buccaneer athletes is important to families and the community, and we look forward to the positivity and energy that a live crowd brings.

Starting with the upcoming “Fall 2” sports seasons of football, girls swimming and diving, cheerleading and volleyball, our district will follow the revised guidelines from the Oswego County Health Department allowing two spectators per athlete.

All spectators must maintain six feet of physical distance between individuals not in the same household, wear face coverings the entire event, provide contact tracing information as you enter and be screened for COVID-19 symptoms prior to entry. Those who are ill, sick or experiencing a COVID symptom are asked to stay home and will be asked to leave upon screening.

Spectators will be asked to sit in these specific locations during events and not allowed to stand in passageways. Hand sanitizer stations will be provided on site, and as always everyone is encouraged to maintain recommended hand and face hygiene.

Due to spacing concerns for girls swimming and diving, to start the season parents will be contacted when they are on the rotation to attend the meets as there will not be space for two distanced guests per student. We are working on plans to allow more spectators in the future.

For ongoing winter sports of boys and girls hockey, boys and girls basketball and boys bowling, we will allow two spectators per senior to come to the Senior Night game only as we work to implement the new policies in place. We appreciate your understanding, and games will continue to be streamed or recorded as we are able.

We are thrilled to be welcoming back fans in an environment to maintain the health and safety of everyone while still enjoying the Bucs in person. We appreciate your help and compliance with all the rules so we are allowed to continue and in the future expand to even more spectators.

Thank you for your time, and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to the Director of P.E. and Athletics Rhonda Bullard via the Athletics Office.

Dr. Mathis Calvin III
Superintendent of Schools
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