STUDENTS, PARENTS, COMMUNITY RIGHTS ACT.

View NCGA Bill Details2021
House Bill 118 (Local) Filed Wednesday, February 17, 2021
AN ACT TO PERMIT INCREASED ACCESS TO OUTDOOR SPORTING FACILITIES IN PUBLIC AND NONPUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS IN CERTAIN COUNTIES.
Intro. by Willis, Arp, Brody.

Status: Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate (Senate action) (Mar 3 2021)

SOG comments (1):

Title change

House committee substitute to the 1st edition changed the long title.  Original title was AN ACT TO PERMIT INCREASED ACCESS TO OUTDOOR SPORTING FACILITIES IN PUBLIC AND NONPUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS IN UNION COUNTY.

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Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Mar 2 2021 - More information

    House committee substitute amends the 1st edition as follows.

    Expands the scope of the act to also include Avery, Cherokee, Clay, Davidson, Graham, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Montgomery, Rowan, Stanly County, Union, and Yancey Counties (was, Union County only).

    Now authorizes rather than requires all public and nonpublic high schools to allow spectators at outdoor sporting events for the remainder of the scheduled 2020-21 school year as specified by the act. 

    Adds that for outdoor sporting facilities allowing spectators to bring their own seats, individuals sitting in their own seats do not count toward the limit on the number of spectators so long as those individuals maintain at least six feet of distance between themselves and anyone outside of their family. Makes additional clarifying and technical changes. 

    Changes the act's long title.


  • Summary date: Feb 17 2021 - More information

    Includes whereas clauses. Limits the scope of the act to Union County only. Requires all public and nonpublic high schools to limit the number of spectators at outdoor sporting events for the remainder of the scheduled 2020-21 school year, as follows. Defines spectator to exclude athletes, school employees, entertainers, and event support staff. Caps spectators at 50% capacity of an outdoor facility's approved occupancy capacity under the fire code, or no more than seven persons for every 1,000 feet for those without an approved occupancy capacity. Requires high schools to comply with the requirements of the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit as it existed on February 2, 2021, and the Interim Guidance for Administrators and Participants of Youth and Amateur Sports Programs as it existed on January 28, 2021, in allowing access to outdoor sporting facilities so long as the requirements are consistent with the act's provisions. Does not prohibit a school's implementation of stricter access to outdoor sporting events at that school. 


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