October 7, 2020

Return to Learn update with athletics included

Good Afternoon Hamilton Community School Families,

Monday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director issued an Emergency Order restricting gathering sizes and requiring face coverings. That order can be found here. 

  As I have previously shared, per the Emergency Order of MDHHS, the Board-approved Return to Learn Plan adopted on August 10, 2020, and our Extended Continuity of Learning Plan submitted on September 14, 2020, we will continue to require staff and students to wear masks in our school buildings and at all school-sponsored events. Our Board of Education adopted the plan to provide for the safety and welfare of our students and staff under the Revised School Code Act 451 of 1976.

At the same time, we have been given increased flexibility in regards to gatherings and athletic events. After further clarification from the health department and the MHSAA, we want to communicate the following changes that will start on Friday, October 9, 2020.

Per MDHSS and MHSAA regulations, ALL spectators, for all sports, must wear a mask and physically distance themselves at events. 

The following are the plans created for events at Hamilton Community Schools. 

For away events, host schools will develop their plans about spectator limitations and ticket availability which will be communicated with you from your Coach or Athletic Department. 

Middle School Events  

Cross Country, Football, Soccer, Tennis

All Middle School events will be opened to increased spectators. Due to normal crowd sizes for all of these events we believe that the % of capacity regulations will not be met. We will not be selling tickets, but may have to restrict entrance should we reach our capacity (20% for indoors and 30% for outdoors). Please be especially careful with distancing while at these events. 

Volleyball

All athletes/coaches will be given three (3) tickets for each event. This also applies to our visitors. From there we will award tickets on a first come, first serve basis until we reach our indoor capacity of 200 tickets. 

High School Events

Cross Country, Golf, Freshman/JV Football, Soccer, and Tennis

Events will be opened to increased spectators. Due to normal crowd sizes for all of these events we believe that the % of capacity regulations will not be met. We will not be selling tickets, but may have to restrict entrance should we reach our capacity (20% for indoors and 30% for outdoors). Please be especially careful with distancing while at these events. 

Swimming/Dive  

Due to the size of our bleachers we will have to continue to issue two (2) tickets per athlete. We have to allow our visitors the same opportunity to attend.

Volleyball

All athletes/coaches will be given three (3) tickets for each event. This also applies to our visitors. From there we will award tickets on a first come, first serve basis until we reach our indoor capacity of 200 tickets. 

Varsity Football

All athletes/coaches will receive four (4) tickets for each event. These tickets will be provided at no cost to our athletes and their families. We will pre-sell 100 tickets at $5.00  (please bring correct change - no change will be available) to students which will be available in the office from 7:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Thursday.  We will sell the additional tickets to the greater community (max 2 per person) at a cost of $5.00 per ticket (again please bring correct change as we will not be issuing change) on Friday starting at 9 a.m. in the HS Main Office. There will be a limited supply for pre-sale.  No tickets will be sold at the gate on the night of any event. 

We will continue to block the section of the stadium to the south between the field and the middle school for the protection and safety of our athletes, referees and event staff. Please plan to enter the stadium from the west. 

Since March, school leaders in each of our K-12 districts, public school academies and non-public schools throughout the Ottawa Area ISD have worked tirelessly and together to provide multiple learning options for students, including a safe return to classrooms. Our efforts have been developed in collaboration with state and local health officials in the best effort to protect the health and safety of our students and staff with evidence-based protocols and practices. 

We are committed to the health, safety and well-being of our students, staff, and school families, and are unified in implementing mitigation strategies that have allowed for an encouraging start to our school year. We will continue to provide COVID transparency with weekly updates on our COVID DASHBOARD and ongoing communication as we hear more from Lansing in the coming weeks.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we continue to navigate our ever-changing circumstances. We will continue to work through this TOGETHER. 

 

Sincerely,

David Tebo, Superintendent