August 24th, 2020
On Wednesday, August 19th, Ohio Governor, Mike DeWine, issued an order to allow contact sports at schools to take place with new rules and risk mitigation measures in place. As a result, Whitehall City Schools will move forward with an abbreviated interscholastic fall athletic schedule at both Rosemore Middle School and Whitehall-Yearling High School. While we are excited to provide this opportunity to our young athletes, we must remain vigilant in following the recommended guidelines and procedures of our local health authorities.
The WYHS athletic season will begin on Friday, August 28th, with a home football game versus Columbus Academy. Rosemore Middle School will begin their season with an 8th grade home football game against Columbus Academy on Tuesday, September 8th.
Once competitions begin, spectators for outdoor competitions will be limited to family only and will not be open to the general public in order to comply with the order which allows for limited spectators (15% of seating capacity). Whitehall-Yearling High School Athletic Department’s COVID-19 safety protocols for the fall athletic season will include but will not be limited to:
Face masks will be mandatory for all spectators.
Proper social distancing of at least six feet must be maintained by all spectators.
Spectators are to remain in their seats as much as possible.
No charge for tickets as to eliminate the exchange of currency. Each athlete will receive a set amount of tickets/passes for each game.
Concession stand will be closed. Personal snacks and drinks will be allowed inside WYHS Stadium.
WYHS Marching Band will only play at home football games. The band will not travel on the road.
Only senior cheerleaders will be permitted to travel to away games.
No spectators permitted for volleyball games.
Additional protocols and procedures for all sports will be communicated to players and families before their first competition.
This season is going to look very different across all sports. We are asking for your continued support in helping keep each other safe and allowing our students to compete in and complete a successful fall athletics season.