Senate Passes Measure to Give Schools Final Decision on Fall Sports, Spectators

HARRISBURG – School districts would have the final say on whether to allow school sports, extracurricular activities and spectators during the 2020-21 school year under a bill approved by the Senate today, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27).

House Bill 2787 would allow school districts to develop their own health and safety plans that reflect the realities facing schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety plans would be required to be posted online and submitted to the Department of Education.

The bill would prohibit any individual who has COVID-19 in a transmissible stage from participating in any sporting event or extracurricular activity.

The legislation would remove the uncertainty that has been created by the Wolf Administration’s unclear and constantly shifting guidance for schools, Senator Gordner said.

Most recently, Governor Wolf abruptly called for the cancellation of all fall sports this year. However, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association later voted to allow school sports to continue after discussing the issue at length with all stakeholders.

House Bill 2787 was sent to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

CONTACT: Mike Stephens mstephens@pasen.gov