Mask Ruling for Spring sports

KSHSAA Executive Board ruling on masks for Spring sports
Posted on 03/25/2021

We have received and are passing along to you, a recent interpretation from the Executive Board of KSHSAA regarding mask requirements as it pertains to outdoor sports.

Please be aware of this interpretation:

The KSHSAA Executive Board has provided the following interpretation of the policy passed by the Board of Directors on November 24, 2020 relative to spring activities conducted outdoors.  There is no change in policy for indoor activities. 
KSHSAA Executive Board interpretation (March 23, 2021):   Any participant (including but not limited to athletes, coaches, officials, spectators, support staff and all others attending/participating in school activities) outdoors, who is able to maintain a minimum of six feet of social distancing would not be required to wear a face covering. Adherence to a more restrictive local health authority or school district policy is supported and expected.   

The nature of spring activities provides for social distancing during outdoor activities.  Accordingly, the board has determined that “worn as intended” would be interpretated that masks shall be worn in situations where social distancing cannot be achieved and maintained for outside activities.  For family units (those living under the same roof) attending events as spectators, may sit together and be unmasked if they are able to maintain social distance from other patrons.  Local school district or county policies that are more restrictive are still in effect.  Participants (student-athletes) who are active on the field, course, tennis court, track, pitch, or pool do not need to be masked.


If you have questions regarding this information, please contact Mr. Travis Betz, Athletic Director, at (785) 460-5305.

Thank you,

CPS Athletics

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