The COVID-19 pandemic presents high school activity programs with a myriad of challenges. The guidelines and recommendations provided are a compilation of materials either produced by the North Dakota High School Activities Association or compiled from information from the National Federation of State High School Associations and the North Dakota K-12 Smart Restart guidelines. They are offered as direction on how we may proceed in “opening up” sports and activities in the Fargo Public Schools.
Effective Monday February 1, 2021:
Fargo Public Schools (FPS) will return to a more traditional manner of spectator attendance at student activities as the state moves to a lower risk level. The change will be effective February 1. This follows the January 27 announcement from North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum that lowers the state risk level from moderate to low.
Fargo Public Schools will begin traditional ticket sales at the door for a majority of events. Vouchers will only be issued for events at facilities where capacity concerns may arise. For those events, FPS will communicate information with both schools so that students, families, and fans may be notified. FPS has established and will strictly follow capacity limits for each event venue. Capacity limits can be found in the full press release link.
Fargo Public Schools welcome students, staff, families, and fans that will follow these guidelines and support FPS in preventing the spread of COVID-19. All spectators attending events must:
- Wear a mask that covers both the nose and mouth
- Social distance from other individuals outside of their family or pod whenever possible
- Practice good hand hygiene
- Avoid gathering before, during, or after an event
When possible, home varsity athletic contests will be livestreamed through FPS YouTube channels. Links to those contests will be found on the rSchoolToday activity schedules and the FPS Student Activities - Live Streaming webpage.
We understand how disappointing this is for our families and fans; however, our decision is based on the safety of our students. This decision is in the best interest of public health, including that of coaches, administrators, fans, but most importantly, our student-athletes.
We will continue to monitor the directives and guidelines of the ND Department of Health, Fargo Cass Public Health, and the North Dakota High School Activities Association, and will provide more information as it becomes available.