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Penn Hills School District

Update from the Superintendent - Sept. 15, 2021

After consultation with our law enforcement contacts and violence prevention experts who are active throughout Allegheny County, the Penn Hills School District is restricting attendance at our Friday, September 17 home football game versus Woodland Hills.  We believe restricting those allowed onsite to football players, coaches, and essential event staff only is prudent given recent events that have affected many youth in the Pittsburgh Area, and not just those enrolled at Penn Hills and Woodland Hills School Districts.  
 
We have been advised that unresolved feelings and emotions about what happened last weekend in North Versailles are being further fueled by a county-level police investigation that remains open.  Beyond the obvious consideration of public safety, we believe this event restriction will give both football teams the opportunity to enjoy being kids for the night and to engage in healthy competition that is free of worries about who might be onsite during the game and for what purpose.
 
As part of increased game security, gates surrounding our high school and athletic complex at Parkridge, Garland, Harvard, Collins, and the Fralic Center will be locked at 4:00 pm on Friday, with no through-traffic allowed while the kids are playing their game on our field.
 
We apologize to our bands, our cheer teams, our families, and our fans for your exclusion, and we invite you to tune into the game via the following live stream options starting at 6:00 pm:
 
The winners of our vaccination challenge between PH and WH football and cheer teams will not be affected by the game restriction.  Dr. Crossey and Premier Medical will still treat the football team with the highest percent of vaccinated players to a pizza party after the game, and pizza vouchers will be forwarded to the winning cheer team.
 
We thank our local communities for your support as we try to mitigate recent events and allow our local youth additional time to process and to heal.
 
Sincerely,
Nancy
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