TSSAA and Executive Order #70

TSSAA Updates and Executive Order#70

Hello Millington Family!

We wanted to take a moment and wish you happy holidays and apprise you of new information that has been released in the last few days.

Governor Bill Lee has executed Executive Order #70 in which many updates were release about gatherings and businesses. This Executive Order does not apply to schools. At this point, MMSD has worked closely with the Shelby County Health Department and is still on track to resume classes virtually on Monday, January 4, 2021 and then Hybrid students, who normally attend in person on Tuesday will return the next day, Tuesday, January 5, 2021 to in person instruction.

The TSSAA, the governing body of athletics in secondary schools, has released updated guidance as it relates to sporting events. You can find that info here: https://www.millingtonschools.org/news/coronavirus

The short version of the TSSAA updated regulation is that large scale attendance by spectators and students must be curtailed. Doing so means that bands, pep bands, cheerleaders, and dance teams may not attend athletic contests while these restrictions remain in place. In accordance with the new Executive Order, the only attendees permitted at practices or games, in addition to the student-athletes on the team, are:

  1. Players’ parents or guardians and immediate household members;
  2. First Responders;
  3. Coaching and team personnel;
  4. School, game, and facility administrators;
  5. Athletics officials; and
  6. Media and athletic scouting personnel attending the event in their professional capacity. 

 

Social distancing between persons from different households is required. While the Executive Order does not mandate the use of masks, the Governor has encouraged masks, and the TSSAA COVID-19 Sports Regulations provision regarding the use of masks remains.