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Oct. 1, 2020

posted Oct 2, 2020, 5:31 AM by Jessica Lester   [ updated Oct 2, 2020, 5:32 AM ]
Dear PVHS Families,
I appreciate your partnership with us in all that is occurring for our students currently, including athletic, band, and cheerleading activities.  These activities have been underway for our high school students since the summer, while athletic activities for middle school students began this week. I am aware of questions on the part of many when it comes to spectators/attendees at the contests for these activities. 
Earlier this summer, Governor Wolf declared that the number of spectators/attendees at outdoor events could be no more than 250, while for those contests held indoors, there could be no more than 25.  Governor Wolf’s limits on these gatherings were then ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge. Today, in response to an appeal by the Governor, the Third Circuit stayed the Western District of Pennsylvania decision on spectator/attendee sizes placing the previous executive order (250 outdoors and 25 indoors) back into effect.
I shared a message yesterday indicating we would be providing two tickets to each football player, marching band member, and cheerleader for tomorrow night's game in the stadium. We can no longer do so based on the ruling handed down today. As we consider the number of student participants for both schools tomorrow evening, along with both coaching staffs, and officials, there unfortunately is not room under the 250 maximum cap to allow spectators. 
I recognize this will prove disappointing to the parents of our students participating in the game tomorrow evening. I continue to engage with county officials and neighboring superintendents to advocate for increased numbers of spectators that also allow us to uphold the guidelines we know mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, i.e., social distancing and masks/face coverings. I will keep you abreast of any new developments in the number of spectators permitted at athletic contests. 
Barbara A. Russell, Ed.D.