Band students and parents,

I have noticed several posts recently on social media and would like to address some of the questions and rumors I have read.

Throughout the football regular season and into the the first five weeks of playoffs, the band has followed guidelines set forth by the OHSAA regarding travel. Per their guidelines, there were no visiting bands and only the home band would perform at their own stadium. On Oct. 28th OHSAA reversed their policy and announced that bands could attend the State Semi Finals and State Championship Game. When that happened, I approached our administration about band travel. Mr. Wood reached out to the Superintendents of Columbus Grove and Fairview to discuss band travel with them as well. Through our discussions with both administrations and band staffs it was determined that neither band would travel to this week’s game, which is a decision I fully support. Should we progress to the championship game, we are looking at our options for how to safely participate should we choose to do so. As always my first priority is student safety. I have communicated this process with the students throughout and will continue to do so.

If you have questions regarding any decision I have made, please feel free to contact me to discuss. I thank you for your patience and understanding in these challenging times.

Sincerely,

Mr. Ruckman