Kenwood football coach Sinque Turner’s team opens the season Friday, and he hasn’t heard from Chicago Public Schools if fans will be allowed at games. CPS hasn’t responded to a Sun-Times query on the subject, either.
But Michael Pierce, the father of Phillips football player Deavion Pierce, said Wildcats coach Troy McAllister has told his team to assume that no spectators will be allowed at games because CPS hasn’t told him otherwise.
The Illinois Department of Public Health announced March 8 that schools could have up to 20% capacity for outdoor events. However, while the IDPH allowed 50 fans at indoor sports such as basketball this winter, CPS decided to keep the events free of spectators.
“It’s ridiculous,” Pierce said. “I’ve been watching my son play since he was 8 years old. And now you are telling me I have to miss his last five games of high school?”
Catholic League schools are allowing a limited number of fans and suburban schools seem to be bumping up against or surpassing the 20% guideline.
“De La Salle is like two minutes from us,” Pierce said. “I know it is a Catholic school, but it is in the same vicinity and they can have two parents per child and are allowing 50 or 60 students to attend games.”