Gloversville school board approves fall 2 high-risk sports

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education recently approved the start of Fall 2 high risk sports.

During the BOE’s meeting on Monday, Superintendent David Halloran announced that winter sports will be concluding this week.

“We hope they are able to complete their games without being quarantined,” Halloran said.

He also announced that Fall 2 high risk sports including football and volleyball have started this week.

“Games will start in two weeks,” he said. “There is a one-week overlay of winter sports and Fall 2 sports, and with the amount of snow still on the ground, it’s a juggling act.”

The board approved the drama department to commence their play for spring production.

He said they’re hoping COIVD-19 restrictions will loosen, and that more spectators at both sporting events and the drama department’s production will be allowed.

According to the BOE’s resolution allowing for the start of Fall 2 high risk sports, Gov. Cuomo and the New York state Health Department authorized schools to operate certain higher-risk sports starting Feb. 1, as long as it was permitted by the local county health departments, and similar guidelines were put into place similar to high-risk winter sports.

Those guidelines include:

∫ Each parent/guardian must sign a district/school developed COVID-19 informed consent for participation form as issued by the district.

∫ If, at any time, the high school hybrid learning model moves to remote only learning, athletics, scrimmages, and practices will be temporarily suspended in its entirety and coaches shall not be required to engage in coaching responsibilities.

∫ Attendance at games/scrimmages will be dictated by the applicable Conference rules and local County Department of Health.

∫ All practices and contests will occur in accordance with all guidelines issued by NYS, the County, and NYSPHSAA/Section/League as such guidelines may be amended at any time.

By Paul Wager