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Kenosha School Board votes to allow limited number of fans at outdoor sports

Posted at 10:32 PM, Sep 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-29 23:32:42-04

KENOSHA — The Kenosha Unified School Board voted Tuesday to allow a limited number of fans at outdoor games this fall with strict social distancing rules in place.

Under the new guidance, each team player will get to bring two fans. Those fans will have to be registered and show a photo I.D. to get in. From there, they will have to wear masks and sit in spots spaced out by administrators on the bleachers.

The same goes for cheerleaders and members of the dance team. No visiting fans allowed, except for hometown rivalry games.

Administrators said they are basing their plans on how Franklin and Oak Creek school districts are proceeding with fans.

During public comment, some teachers said they didn't think it was good idea.

"If cases are rising, why are we worried about spectators at sporting events?" one teacher said. "I witnessed first hand the failure of sports precautions in summer. Coaches aren’t following the guidelines. Pro athletes aren’t playing with fans."

Some parents said they were happy with the vote, as many said they got to watch games online or from a distance off the fields.

"My son’s a freshman, so it would be enjoyable to see him," said parent Majlis Seisay.

The meeting was much calmer than last week's meeting, during which the microphone was pulled away from Kenosha Education Association President Tanya Kitts-Lewinski after she went over the three minute time allotment during public comment.

Kitts-Lewinski spoke during public comment at Tuesday's meeting in tears.

"Anyone who knows me even a little also knows I spent my entire career advocating for my students, educators and public schools," Kitts-Lewinski said. "KEA continues to believe that virtual learning is the most responsible option until this virus is under control."

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