Q: Why didn’t the visiting girl’s basketball team use the high school boy’s locker room for a recent game at Stephenson? -Community Member-
A: Thanks for the question. I am able to respond.
During the past three seasons we have made some adjustments in where we have visiting teams and officials dress for athletic contests at Stephenson Area Public Schools. It is our goal to have the safest and most private facilities to our visiting teams and officials to gather and prepare for the contest.
We want the dressing area to be as private as possible for our visitor teams and officials. When visiting girl’s teams use our boy’s locker rooms or visiting boy’s teams use our girl’s locker rooms, we run the risk of unintended exposure. We have been blessed in Stephenson with facilities that allow for more privacy and less potential exposure than most schools in the area. Why not utilize the facilities we have and make the experience at Stephenson Area Public Schools as positive as possible for visiting teams, officials and our own students?
Our recent visitors dressed in the MPR locker room prior to and after the game but, chose not to return to the locker room for half-time. Our officials dressed in the coach’s office of the boys’ locker room.
Thanks for the question.