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Fremont School District sporting event spectators have been asking for weeks, and they have finally been granted their wish of allowing more viewers into events, with some restrictions still in place.

The Fremont School Board approved the Idaho Rebounds plan to allow more spectators into high school athletic events during a board meeting on Wednesday.

“I really believe that this is the best way for us to let parents into our games and be in compliance,” said North Fremont High School Principal Drex Hathaway. “They don’t give us a lot of choice... We either adopt this as ours or we follow the original governor’s order. It clearly states that any school going with some other plan {span}―{/span} the consequences are pretty steep and it hurts the kids.”

The plan, which Governor Brad Little set forth on Dec. 30, allows student athletes to have up to two spectators for both home and away teams in the event area. Cheer squads may also attend sporting events, but may not have more than six student participants.

Tia Cherry, board trustee, said she wanted board members to write to the governor and state legislators to include school bandmembers to the plan. School bands are currently not permitted to be at sporting events.

“I would like to challenge each of you here to please write the governor and tell him not to forget about our band,” she said.

Byron Stutzman, district superintendent, said the consequences for not following the COVID protocols were severe and could potentially result in a shutdown of a team’s season.

“The state Board of (Education) does have the authority to cancel our seasons on that and they’ll do that through the Idaho High School Activities Association,” he said.

Any school in a first offense of the plan will receive a written warning from the Board of Education. A second offense will result in forfeit of the event. A third and final offense will result in a forfeit all future athletic events for that sport during the winter season.

Cherry encouraged people to go to school administrators if they had issues with crowds at events, as only specific people can report noncompliance to the state Board of Education including a coach, athletic director or administrator for a team competing in an event.

“I really hate the tattletale system that we have come to as Americans,” she said. “If you have issues when you watch the video, talk to your administrator but you can’t be emailing the state board of education to tattletale on people. So I hate to use the word but that to me is what it is.”

The full plan is available to view on the school district’s Facebook page.