Parents, Guardians and Community Members,

On Friday, January 22, 2021 Governor Cuomo announced high-risk sports would be allowed to commence in New York schools effective Monday, February 1 subject to approval by county health departments. Rensselaer County officially approved high-risk sports soon after.

Over the past week, we have been in consultation with our school physician and additional medical professionals on the viability of safely offering high-risk sports. A review was made of current research on the transmission of COVID-19, guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), metrics on positivity rates, the number of positive cases in the community, requirements to offer each sport by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) and the protocols to safely manage the student-players, coaches, officials and venue. After very careful consideration, we have determined that we cannot safely allow high-risk sports competitions for the winter season at Hoosick Falls Central School District.

This was a difficult decision as sports offer significant physical, social and emotional benefits to players, but the health and safety of all students and staff are our first priority. We are working with individual coaches to allow skills and conditioning programs for the remainder of the winter season. All of our efforts for the next six weeks will be focused on organizing teams and competition for the Fall 2 season which tentatively begins March 8, pending the status of COVID-19 infections in our school, community, and other surrounding league communities.

We know some of you may not agree with this decision, but many factors are taken into account that could impact both students and staff and we do not feel the benefits of allowing high-risk sports competitions justify the possible outcomes at this time.

Thank you.

Patrick Dailey, Superintendent of Schools

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