NSAA Updates Winter Guidelines, Grandparents To Join Household Family Members Only In Attendance

LINCOLN – Over the weekend, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts updated the Directed Health Measures (DHMs) and the Nebraska School Activities Association answered several questions Monday.

A release was sent out to all NSAA member schools Monday from NSAA Executive Director, Jay Bellar.

To continue to support their NSAA member schools and efforts to keep kids in school and participating in NSAA activities, the NSAA has decided to stay with the Governor’s “orange phase” of the Directed Health Measure regarding fan attendance and six-foot separation between household groups in stands and spectator areas.

Attendance is restricted to households, although schools may allow grandparents to now attend contests. Spectators, coaches and non-active participants are required to wear face coverings at all times while attending these events. Face coverings must cover the nose and mouth.

Circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic are constantly changing and vary from community to community as difficult decisions will have to be made from week to week or even day to day. The health and safety of students, staff and local communities remain the priority of the NSAA to provide opportunities to participate in the winter sports season.

Non-compliance with the fan attendance may include but not be limited to reprimands, fines or exclusion from the post season.

This decision is based on an abundance of caution as we move through the holiday season. By doing these things now, NSAA officials are hopeful they can host winter championships in February and March.

This will remain in effect until January 4, 2021.

Again, each school has the authority to determine if it will participate in the 2020-21 Winter Season. During the season it will be the responsibility of the host school to provide administrative oversight and compliance with established COVID-19 guidelines in accordance with their local health departments and facilities.

NSAA encourages schools to play their regularly scheduled competitions unless a COVID-19 issue prevents them from playing. Member schools, in consultation with their local health department, shall be responsible for determining whether a scheduled game, match, contest or other activity is cancelled or postponed due to a COVID-19 related issue. Member schools shall notify the NSAA of any cancellation or postponement.

The NSAA has great appreciation for all its member schools and their tireless efforts to provide opportunities for learning and participation in NSAA activities. Communication, flexibility and patience will be key in supporting high school student participants as they participate in activities this winter season.