Browning Pasco Schools

No Spectators or Audience at Pasco School District Sports & Events

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. – Pasco County School Superintendent Kurt Browning discussed the district’s strategy for reducing the possibility of the spread of COVID-19 at extracurricular events. Events and sports will be allowed to continue as planned, but without spectators.

This includes; music, sports, theatrical. Browning adds that some events can have a virtual component that will be arranged. Judges and referees will be allowed.

The new strategy begins on Monday, November 23rd, and will continue until the infection rate drops to below 5% for one-week.

Holiday Plans for COVID Response   

To continue to provide support and prevent the spread of COVID-19 over the holiday break, the COVID testing sites will be open on November 23rd, 24th, 25th. Families will need to call the number on the holiday flyer to be screened by a Pasco County School Nurse to determine if testing is needed.  If so, testing will be scheduled and the results be will be provided by the Department of Health.  

Athletics, Fine Arts, and Extra-Curricular Activities

With the recent surge in local, state, and national COVID cases, the positivity rate in Pasco has risen to 9%. Therefore, effective Monday, November 23, 2020, all athletic activities will be restricted to participating students and their coaches only. All athletic events in District facilities (indoor and outdoor) will be closed to spectators until the local positivity rate drops below 5% for a rolling 7-day period.

Fine arts and extra-curricular activities should continue to utilize the virtual/streamed/recorded options outlined in the District’s recent guidance. Live in-person performances, even if outside, will not be permitted until the local positivity rate drops below 5% for a rolling 7-day period.

The District will monitor the positivity rates weekly and will be sending the rolling 7-day average to schools weekly on Friday after they receive the data from the Pasco County Health Department.

You can view Browning’s video statement below.

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