Athletics & Extracurricular Activities
Dothan City Schools is implementing safe and healthy practices for all athletic and extracurricular activities. Dothan High School and Dothan Preparatory Academy will implement strategies adopted by the Alabama High School Athletic Association that will help provide a safer environment for student-athletes. These practices include:
Group Size and Physical Standards
- Implemented social distancing strategies to maintain at least a six-feet distance between persons from different households.
- Changed parent drop-off and pick-up processes to limit contact and building access
- Ensure school-sponsored extracurricular and cocurricular activities, including athletics and band, adhere to established safety and hygiene protocols.
- Athletes will be required to provide their own personal water bottles. No items of this nature will be shared.
- No group watering stations, team towels, or other equipment that may be shared will be used.
- Symptom monitoring will be required.
- The requirement for sick students and staff to stay home.
- Provision of an adequate number of thermometers to screen students when necessary.
- Implement isolation measures if a student becomes sick, then follow with cleaning and disinfecting processes.
Environmental Cleaning and Personal Hygiene
- Ensure healthy personal hygiene practices.
- Establish hand hygiene stations at facility entrances.
- In weight rooms, all surfaces including, but not limited to, door handles, sinks, faucets, knobs, toilets, tables, soap dispensers, locker handles etc., will be cleaned and sanitized thoroughly before groups arrive and once groups have left the area.
- Coaches/Athletic Director will communicate with the Lead Nurse, Health Department, and visiting municipal officials to identify any local requirements that may be imposed on our players, coaches, or fans while visiting another campus for competitions.
The Alabama Department of Public Health notes that a memo issued Thursday, August 6th, by the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) says spectators will be allowed to attend football games and other athletic events, but attendance likely will be significantly reduced. Under the state’s current Safer at Home public health order, players, coaches, officials, and spectators may not congregate within 6 feet of a person from another household except to the extent necessary, and only to the extent necessary, for players, coaches, and officials to directly participate in the athletic activity.
Due to limited seating and COVID-19 guidelines, it is encouraged that parents do not drop off their children unsupervised to attend athletic events. Dothan City Schools Administration and the Dothan Police Department will work hard to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for all spectators. However, due to COVID-19 guidelines, younger children need to attend athletic events with their parents or guardians and remain with their parent or guardian throughout the athletic contest.
Due to seating capacity limitations, ALL spectators, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
Concessions stands at Rip Hewes Stadium will be open, and fans are encouraged to attend. Concession stands will close at the beginning of the 4th quarter.
Safety and Security
Dothan City Schools will implement the same safety and security measures as last year in addition to guidelines put forth by the CDC, ADPH, and AHSAA. Fans are required to wear masks or facial coverings while entering and exiting the gates, while in the stands and elsewhere.
City of Dothan Leisure Services will mark off rows in which spectators can use at Rip Hewes Stadium. Spectators sitting in rows indicated by Leisure Services as not available will be asked to move to the designated rows. If spectators choose not to comply, they will be asked to leave the stadium. Family members from the same household may sit together. Non-family members from different households must abide by the social distancing guidelines. Dothan City Schools ask all spectators and game participants to immediately exit the stadium after the game. No loitering in the parking lot. Once the game is over, please leave the stadium and parking lot immediately.
Athletic Venues and Adjusted Maximum Seating Capacity
We will adjust our venues’ seating capacity as restrictions are lifted. The current guidelines are through August 31, 2020.
Rip Hewes Stadium
2,458 (1,204 home and 1,250 visitors)
Dothan High School Main Gym
Dothan High School Convocation Center
Dothan Preparatory Academy Davis Gym
Due to Rip Hewes’ limited seating capacity, Dothan City Schools Athletics Department will utilize the Go Fan ticket selling platform for high school football games to help limit ticket sales at the gate. This platform will minimize lines at the gate, exchange cash, and allow the administration to adequately prepare for game management.
Face to face tickets will still be sold at the gate, but we cannot guarantee tickets will be available if sold out online. It is strongly encouraged that fans purchase their tickets in advance through the Go Fan app.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Spectators must wear a mask or other facial covering that covers the nostrils and mouth at all times while within 6 feet of a person from another household.
Limited exceptions are allowed, such as for children who have not yet entered second grade and for people with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing a facial covering.