Protocols for Seating at Winter Activities

Dear Patrons,

The winter athletic seasons have begun and much concern still centers on the high number of widespread local and state wide COVID – 19 cases.  As always, our goals continue to focus on keeping our doors open to “in person” learning while at the same time providing extracurricular opportunities for students. 

Recently, the South Dakota High School Activities Association recommended school districts place attendance limitations on events, as well as requiring masks of all attendees.  Because of this, discussions have taken place among school districts on the topic.  While each district struggles to decide what is best for it, these decisions will most likely be determined by how the COVID-19 virus is affecting them at the time. 

The Bon Homme School District is no different.  From the beginning of the school year, district protocols have been established to mitigate COVID challenges.  Currently, the Bon Homme School District is in a good place regarding COVID-19.  The number of positive cases and close contacts throughout the District are low.  Administration has taken these factors into consideration when deciding how to address attendance at events.  Consequently, the District currently does not feel it necessary to place attendance limitations on our athletic events.  The “no limit” decision will continue, as long as positive COVID cases remain low among students and staff.  Should future cases drastically increase, this decision will be revisited.

Even though attendance limitations currently have not been established, a few adjustments have been made for events.  Since the beginning of November, the Bon Homme School District has employed a mask mandate for staff, students and everyone entering the building during the school day.  We are asking patrons to honor this mandate as well, when attending events.  We also encourage attendees to socially distance in the stands if conditions permit.  To assist in this goal, the home and visiting 6-12 student sections will be placed in the southeast and northeast section of the bleachers, respectively.  Elementary students will be expected to sit with their parents at events.  This will provide more room in the remainder of the bleachers to spread patrons out.        

Since school has started, we are fortunate to have had no COVID related school closures.  Moving forward, we are hopeful to continue on this path.  The District thanks all its patrons for doing their part, by honoring the established protocols.  As always, we are appreciative of the patience, understanding and support received by the community during these challenging times.

Brad Peters
Superintendent/Secondary Principal
Bon Homme School District
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Nov 4, 2020, 9:35 AM
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