September 16, 2020
Dear Butler Community:
This week, a federal judge ruled that Governor Wolf’s limits on congregant group sizes are unconstitutional. As a result of this ruling, we are now able to allow our band and cheerleaders to perform at the football game on Friday evening. In addition, each football player, cheerleader and member of the band will receive two event spectator tickets for their family members or friends. However, we will not be selling or distributing general admission or student tickets.
At Butler, our stadium is large enough to accommodate more than 250 people with space for event spectators to socially distance. In addition, facial coverings are required for all event spectators. We ask that everyone complete our at home wellness check. If you answer “yes” to any of the questions on the wellness check, please refrain from attending the football game.
Link to wellness check: https://www.basdk12.org/Content/1780
While we hope that we will be able to move forward with this plan for Friday night, please note it is subject to change. If we receive guidance that requires us to alter this plan in some way, we will let you know.
Thank you for your continued support.
Brian J. White, Jr. Ed.D.
Butler Area School District
September 14, 2020
The Butler Area School District implemented a plan for spectators at home sporting events. Click to view the plan.
September 2, 2020 (New Guidance -- 2:40 pm)
Dear Parents/Guardians of Student Athletes:
Governor Wolf issued updated guidance regarding athletics since my earlier email. More on that here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/covid-19/sports-guidance/.
The new guidance states:
All sports-related activities must adhere to the gathering limitations set forth by the Governor’s Plan for Phased Reopening (25 or fewer people for indoor activity, 250 or fewer people for outdoor activity) and the facility as a whole may not exceed 50 percent of total occupancy otherwise permitted by law. All individuals present at the facility at which such activities are held count towards gathering limitations and must comply with face covering order and social distancing guidelines.
There is no longer a restriction on spectators or visitors. Each school can now determine who to allow into their facility as long as they do not exceed the 25 and 250 maximum capacity limits.
This means we will be able to have some spectators at outdoor athletic events, as long as we comply with the guidelines shared above. The Athletic Department will work with our coaches to determine a fair way to distribute spectator passes for our outdoor athletic events. We will share more information soon.
In addition, we will proceed with the streaming options we shared in our previous communication.
Thank you for your continued patience and support!
BASD Athletic Director
September 2, 2020 (11 am)
Hello Parents and Guardians of Student Athletes,
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents, coaches and student athletes for their patience during these unprecedented times. As most of you know, we have more than a week of fall sports practices under our belt and so far everything has gone well. The coaches and athletes have done a great job following the COVID-19 protocols and procedures developed by our school administration.
One area concerning fall sports that I want to bring to your attention is spectator attendance. Currently the Governor’s guidance is that no spectators are allowed at any sports related activities other than athletes, coaches, officials and staff. More on that can be found here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/covid-19/sports-guidance/.
This has been reinforced to all athletic directors in the state by both of our governing bodies, the PIAA and WPIAL. We ask that you respect this current spectator policy so we are not in a situation to delay or forfeit a contest.
The PIAA has repeatedly asked for a limited number of fans to attend games and has not received a favorable response. There are also several legislators out there working to get this changed as well. As we receive any updates to this guidance from our governing bodies, we will be sure to keep you informed.
In lieu of not be able to attend sporting events, the district has signed an agreement with a company that is going to install automated cameras in our senior high gymnasium and stadium. Through these automated cameras, our events in those locations can be seen live on the NFHS network with a subscription. With so many schools attempting to do this, the company’s lead time on this is very long. Our cameras are being installed on September 16 & 17 and will be functional by September 21st.
We are also currently in communication with Armstrong Cable and our broadcast communication department to televise some athletic events that take place at other venues. When we have final details on the events that can be watched live, we will send another email with that information and also post it on our school website.
If you have any questions, please email me at email@example.com. Thank you for your support of the Butler Area athletic programs.
William Mylan, Athletic Director