Update Regarding Spectators

GEHS Parents and Guardians,

At a special meeting of the KSHSAA Board of Directors on December 8, the Board voted to make alterations to their earlier ruling that no spectators be allowed at KSHSAA sanctioned events until the end of January. Here are the most relevant aspects:

  • Up to 2 parents/guardians per participant family can attend an event

    • Example: If a family has 1 cheerleader, 1 freshman basketball player, and 1 varsity basketball player all participating, that family will receive a maximum of 2 tickets.

  • The tickets are for parents/legal guardians only: no siblings, non-guardian grandparents, etc. are allowed at this time.

  • This policy begins on Thursday, December 10 and runs through January 28.

  • Local school districts still have the authority to be more strict than this with their attendance policies.

    • Example: Some area districts have made the decision to not allow visiting spectators. Others are limiting the attendance to only 1 parent/guardian per participant family.

    • This may impact your ability to attend away games.

Again, these are KSHSAA policies that are binding for every school throughout the state. At Gardner Edgerton High School, we will admit 2 parents/guardians per participant family (both home and visiting schools) to attend events whenever the venue can support that capacity. Information regarding digital ticketing will only be shared with those parents/guardians who have students participating in the event. USD 231 will continue to provide live-stream coverage of GEHS events throughout the winter season.

Considerations for Parents/Guardians attending events:

  • Masks are required at all KSHSAA events, and must be worn at all times;

  • Only Parents/Guardians of students participating that night will be allowed entry into events (home or away);

  • When we are guests at another school/district, we are required to adhere to their policies/procedures. The GEHS Athletic Department and coaching staff will communicate those procedures to you as soon as possible each week;

  • Please note that, since the attendance will be small, the officiating crew and participants can hear nearly everything that is said from the crowd. Please continue to be great models of sportsmanship for our students! 

  • We are seeing a significant shortage of officials throughout the state due to the pandemic; if you have a passion and strong knowledge base of a particular sport please consider becoming an official! Contact the GEHS Athletic Department for more information on the process of becoming a licensed official in Kansas.