Dear Shelby Community,

As you may know, recently the Governor shared his directives regarding school athletics; subsequently, at this time, our athletic directors, principals and district leadership are working through details regarding spectator attendance. Obviously, we would like to have as many Shelby fans as possible present at games to support our athletes, cheerleaders and band members, however, the Governor’s guidance limits our allowable seating capacity in our football stadium and gymnasiums.

According to the Governor’s guidance, spectator attendance is capped at 15% of venue capacity for both home and away fans which obviously, makes seating greatly limited. However, please know that our District is working to allow as many people to be present as possible while still complying with the Governor’sorder.  We ask for your patience and understanding as we develop a ticketing plan that works best for our students, parents, families and the community. If you are in attendance at a game, at a minimum, you can expect the same face covering and distancing requirements that are currently in effect throughout Ohio.

With such restrictive spectator allowances it will be important that the District prioritize the availability of tickets and to that end, making tickets available to family members of participatingstudents will take precedence. This information will be made public soon and it likely could include only two tickets per participating student. In addition, Pat Lewis and Mike Walter, our high school and middle school athletic directors, respectively, are tasked with implementing the District’s ticket procedure and they will post updates to the “Athletics” tab on our webpage. Also, we intend to provide any ticket availability information to our Shelby Schools community either via email or some other social media platform soon.

As we continue to move forward through this process, the District will do all we can to support the Governor’s guidelines and ask that you do, too.  Again, as mentioned earlier, if you attend a contest you should expect physical distancing seating requirements at all venues and face coverings will be required in order to attend both outdoor and indoor events.

We understand that Shelby Whippet pride runs deep and that we will have many more fans wanting to attend our athletic events than our venues allow with the 15% capacity cap.  However, the District is currently working on the possibility of livestreaming many of our athletic competitions so that our entire Shelby community can continue to safely view our Whippets in action; we will be sharing additional information about this opportunity soon.

Go Whippets!

Tim Tarvin

Superintendent, Shelby City Schools