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Dear PHS Parent/Guardian,

We hope this finds you and your family in good health. Recently, the New Jersey COVID-19 Weekly CALI & Variant Report has indicated that our county is currently at a HIGH level of transmission of COVID-19.  Consequently, the Princeton Public School Athletic Health and Safety Committee and the Mercer County Colonial Valley Conference both support restricting spectator attendance at athletic events. As you know, the pandemic continues to bring about challenges that our community is still navigating. Consequently, we hope to be able to ease our high school athletic spectator restrictions once it can be accomplished safely.  Please read the information below if you plan to attend a Home or Away Princeton High School winter athletic event this season.

Mercer County/Colonial Valley Conference 2021-2022 Indoor Athletic Event Spectator Statement

As the winter indoor interscholastic sports season is set to commence, the superintendents, principals and athletic directors of Mercer County/Colonial Valley Conference have collaborated to develop the following guiding statement.

Motivating factors:

  • Our priority is to keep our students healthy and our schools open, so our student-athletes can continue to play the sports they love.
  • Indoor athletic events present a far greater risk for the spread of Covid-19 than outdoor events.
  • Crowded gymnasiums/venues could pose a profound health risk during times of significant Covid-19 transmission.
  • Spectator attendance rules should be based upon the guidance of public health experts and local relevant health data, which will be evaluated throughout the season.

As a result, the following spectator attendance guidelines will be emphasized by our member schools:

  • Masks must be worn consistently and appropriately by all attendees and athletes on sidelines.
  • Physical distancing should be practiced by all attendees.
  • No individual should attend these athletic events if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been around anyone who is suspected of having COVID-19.
  • Only students from the schools participating in the event will be allowed to attend, except for family members of the student-athletes. All students must present school IDs.
  • Each member school has the right to implement spectator attendance limitations if it is believed to be appropriate or to ensure adequate physical distancing.

Spectator Plans For Princeton High School

A number of factors have an impact on spectator capacity this season. Primarily, the size of the venue and the ability to encourage social distancing have guided the decisions made by the PPS Athletic Health and Safety Committee.. Additionally, we have currently placed an emphasis on allowing only family members of student-athletes to attend games due to the current HIGH transmission rate of COVID-19 in our surrounding area..

Spectator Plans at Princeton High School for Freshman, JV, Varsity Basketball 

  • Four tickets will be reserved for the FAMILY members of each student-athlete at the high school level. Visiting teams will provide Princeton High School with a roster and guest list prior to the scheduled event. Persons not on the list will not be permitted to attend
  • All JV and Varsity games will be streamed via the NFHS network. Please CLICK HERE to access the site.

Spectator Plans at Princeton High School for JV and Varsity Wrestling 

Dual Meets

  • Two tickets will be reserved for the Family members of each student-athlete. Visiting teams will provide PHS with a roster and guest list prior to the scheduled event. Persons not on the list will not be admitted.
  • All PHS Home wrestling meets will be streamed via zoom for free.  This link will be shared with the opposing school’s athletic administration and PHS coaches.

Quad/Tri Meets

  • One ticket will be reserved for the family members of each student-athlete. Visiting teams will provide PHS with a roster and guest list prior to the scheduled event. Persons not on the list will not be admitted.
  • All PHS Home wrestling meets will be streamed via zoom for free.  This link will be shared with the opposing school’s athletic administration.

Spectator Plans at Princeton High School Varsity Swimming

  • One ticket will be reserved for a family member of 12th graders.
  • Two family members of seniors on the visiting team will be permitted.
  • Visiting teams will provide PHS with a roster and guest list prior to our scheduled event. Persons not on the list will not be admitted.
  • All PHS Home swim meets will be streamed via zoom for free.  This link will be shared with the opposing school’s athletic administration and PHS coaches.

Spectator Plans at Princeton High School for Fencing Competitions

  • One ticket will be reserved for a family member of 12th graders.
  • Visiting teams will provide PHS with a roster and guest list prior to our scheduled event. Persons not on the list will not be admitted.
  • All PHS Home fencing meets will be streamed via zoom for free.  This link will be shared with the opposing school’s athletic administration and PHS coaches.

**Events that take place at other venues (such as ice hockey, and winter track), as well as all games and meets scheduled at other high schools will follow the capacity guidelines established by the venue. Specific regulations will be communicated to the players and families by their coaches.

Code of Conduct for Parents and Fans

We believe that sportsmanship is a core value, and its promotion and practice are essential. This Code of Conduct applies to all parents/guardians and fans involved with interscholastic athletics and activities.

1. Parents/Guardians/Fans will promote academic, emotional, physical, and moral well-being above desires and pressures to win.

2. Parents/Guardians/Fans will teach, enforce, advocate, model and promote the development of good character to include:

i. Trustworthiness

ii. Respect

iii. Responsibility

iv. Fairness

v. Caring

vi. Citizenship

3. Parents/Guardians/Fans will respect participation, officials, and opponents.

4. Parents/Guardians/Fans will promote fair play and uphold the spirit of the rules in the activity.

5. Parents/Guardians/Fans will always model appropriate behavior.

6. Parents/Guardians/Fans who are removed from a competition by an official or school personnel will not be permitted to attend the following two competitions.

7. Noisemakers, speakers, or any other type of distractions that take away from the games/contest will not be permitted.

8. Parents/Guardians/Fans are encouraged to assist in protecting everyone involved from bullying and hazing.

9. All state and school policies must be followed while on school grounds at PHS or other facilities sponsoring a school function.

10. Book bags or any bag other than a purse will not be permitted.

11. All students, both home and away, must be prepared to present their student ID to enter a game.

12. Middle school and elementary school age family members are not permitted to attend unless they are accompanied by parent or guardian.

13. Home and Away fans must sit in designated seated locations

14. Fans are not permitted to jump up and down on our bleachers endangering the safety of others.

Sincerely,

The Princeton High School Athletic Department

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