STUDENTS, PARENTS, COMMUNITY RIGHTS ACT.

View NCGA Bill Details2021
Senate Bill 256 (Local) Filed Thursday, March 11, 2021
AN ACT TO PERMIT INCREASED ACCESS TO OUTDOOR SPORTING FACILITIES IN PUBLIC AND NONPUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS IN CERTAIN COUNTIES.
Intro. by Jarvis, Lazzara, Ford.

Status: Re-ref to the Com on Local Government, if favorable, Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House (House action) (Jun 8 2021)
S 256

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Mar 17 2021 - More information

    Senate committee substitute amends the 1st edition as follows. 

    Adds Cabarrus County to the scope of the act. Limits the act's applicability to any time when the occupancy capacity of outdoor sporting events is limited to less than 50% by an emergency executive order, secretarial order, or directive related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


  • Summary date: Mar 11 2021 - More information

    Includes whereas clauses. Limits the act to Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Johnston, Jones, Montgomery, Nash, Rowan, and Stanly counties.

    Allows 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. Provides 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. 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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