Band, cheerleaders accommodated as ‘event spectators’ at high school games in Henry County

Southside Virginia News

HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — On Wednesday, Henry County Public Schools announced that band and cheerleaders will be accommodated as event spectators.

With Gov. Ralph Northam’s updated Executive Order 72, Henry County schools will now accommodate 250 spectators for outdoor events and 25 spectators for indoor events.

This new protocol will begin on Monday, Feb. 22 and will run through the end of the Executive Order on Feb. 28, when an updated Executive Order will be issued.

Under these guidelines, varsity football games will include the following:

  • Football players will receive two passes to football games to share with two guests
  • Cheerleaders will receive two passes to football games to share with two guests
  • Band members will attend and play at the event, but Henry County Schools says they are not able, at the current time, to offer a set number of passes to share with guests. The band director will share an attendance allocation with band members and their guests for each home event. Additional details will be shared with band members later this week.

Important Notes:

  1. Due to the limited nature of events at this time, concessions will not be available.
  2. Additional spectators will not be admitted to HCPS football stadiums at this time. Attendees (including children under age 5) must present the student-obtained pass to enter the home stadium (away spectators are not allowed at this time).
  3. All spectators will be required to wear a face-covering over their mouths and noses at all times and are asked to avoid attending if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID19 or other illnesses.
  4. All spectators must maintain six feet distance between individuals who are not family members.
  5. Select football games will be broadcast live for the community on local cable television stations BTW21 and Star News and on the stations’ Facebook pages. All BHS football games are also available for viewing on the Bassett High School Sports YouTube page for Bassett High School.

Under these guidelines, volleyball games will include the following:

  • Volleyball players will receive two passes to volleyball games to share with two guests who may attend. 

Important Notes:

  1. Due to the limited nature of events at this time, concessions will not be available.
  2. Additional spectators will not be admitted to HCPS gyms at this time. Attendees (including children under age 5) must present the student-obtained pass to enter the home gym (away spectators are not allowed at this time).
  3. All spectators will be required to wear a face-covering over their mouths and noses at all times and are asked to avoid attending if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID19 or other illnesses.
  4. All spectators must maintain six feet distance between individuals who are not family members.
  5. Volleyball games will be broadcast live for the community on the Bassett High School Sports YouTube page for Bassett High School and on the Magna Vista Sports Channel on YouTube for Magna Vista High School.

Please know that if the guidance changes and cheerleaders and band members are not permitted at subsequent events, Henry County Public Schools will develop plans to have stand-alone events so that these students and their guests have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills as well.

Likewise, if guidance changes to permit additional spectators or to change cheerleader and band member status to participants at events, passes for additional spectators will be distributed to student-athletes for sharing with their guests.

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