KSHSAA Approves Limited Fans to Attend Activities Starting December 10

TOPEKA – Two parents or guardians will be allowed to attend high school activities starting December 10, reversing a previous decision made by the Kansas State High School Activities Association banning all fans.

KSHSAA’s board of directors voted Tuesday to allow two parents or guardians of participants to attend high school activities in Kansas with a 54-21 vote with three abstaining.

“Effective Thursday, December 10 through January 28, 2021, interscholastic activities will allow for attendance of up to two parents/guardians per participant(s) family as allowed by local board of education or health department restrictions.”

An amendment to change the language of two parents or guardians per paricipant(s) family to two family members per participant failed 10-66 with two abstaining. An amendment to push the start date back for allowing fans to January 12 also failed 28-50.

The board originally voted November 24 to prohibit fans from winter sports activities through January 28 as part of its restrictions in allowing the winter sports season to proceed. However, KSHSAA received several formal grievances and more than 1,000 emails opposing the decision.

After a December 4 meeting, a KSHSAA appeals board recommended the organization’s board of directors reconsider its ban on all fans at school activities.