SB 232 – Students, Parents, Community Rights Act

Primary Senate Sponsors: Sen. Ralph Hise (R-Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Yancey); Sen. Warren Daniel (R-Avery, Burke, Caldwell); Sen. Deanna Ballard (R-Alleghany, Ashe, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes)


This bill authorizes all public and nonpublic high schools in Alleghany County, Ashe County, Avery County, Burke County, Caldwell County, Madison County, McDowell County, Mitchell County, Polk County, Rutherford County, Watauga County, Wilkes County, and Yancey County to allow spectators to attend outdoor sporting events as long as the number of spectators does not exceed 50% of the outdoor facility’s capacity stated on the facility’s certificate of occupancy, or no more than 7 spectators for every 1,000 square feet if the facility does not have a certificate. Spectators who bring their own seats will not count toward the limit on the number of spectators if they maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves and anyone outside of their family unit.

Schools must comply with the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit and the Interim Guidance for Administrators and Participants of Youth Amateur Sports Programs when allowing access for spectators.


Filed – 3/10/2021