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Dear PMS Parent/ Guardian,     

We hope this message 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 supports 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 athletic spectator restrictions once they can be accomplished safely.  Please read the information below if you plan to attend Home or Away Princeton Middle School winter sport events 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 CVC member schools:

  • Masks must be worn consistently and appropriately by all attendees and athletes on sidelines.
  • Physical distancing or 3 feet minimum should be practiced by all attendees.
  • No individual should attend our athletic events if they have 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, and family members of the student-athletes. 
  • Each school has the right to implement spectator attendance limitations if it is believed to be appropriate or to ensure adequate physical distancing.

Spectator Plan for Princeton Middle School

Several 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.

Plan For Home Basketball and Wrestling

  • Two family members per athlete will be permitted to attend. 
  • PMS Students and children who are unaccompanied by parent, will not be permitted to attend.

Plan For Home Swim Meets

  • One family member per 8th grade athlete will be permitted to attend. 
  • PMS Students and children who are unaccompanied by parent, will not be permitted to attend.

Code of Conduct for Parents/ Spectators

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: 

·         Trustworthiness

·         Respect

·         Responsibility

·         Fairness

·         Caring

·         Citizenship

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 seat locations on opposite sided of bleachers

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

Sincerely,

Princeton Public Schools Athletic Department

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