Governor Cuomo announced on Friday afternoon that high risk sports, which include wrestling, hockey, basketball and competitive cheerleading, could possibly commence as early as February 1st under certain specific conditions.
Under New York State Department of Health guidance, schools may authorize high risk sports, “only as permitted by the respective local health authorities, (i.e., county health departments).” Local authorities must consider health and safety factors including COVID-19 positivity rates in the community.
All 24 districts in Section X met this morning to discuss the announcement and next steps in the decision-making process. The districts plan to work collaboratively with the St. Lawrence and Franklin County Departments of Public Health to evaluate current health metrics as well as health and safety considerations for student athletes, coaches, school staff, and the public. It is paramount that school district leaders carefully weigh all factors in this decision, which will require some time.
At this time, the Section X school districts ask for patience and understanding as we thoughtfully assess this situation. We will keep our communities informed of any decision as soon as information becomes available.