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Posted on: February 11, 2021

WASHINGTON COUNTY PROVIDES PATHWAY TO HIGHER-RISK SPORTS

Graphic - Update on Higher Risk Sports

WASHINGTON COUNTY PROVIDES PATHWAY TO HIGHER-RISK SPORTS

As referenced in our initial announcement relative to “delaying approval of high-risk sports”, our Public Health, county Medical Director and leadership team have continued to review the current case status of COVID-19 in our communities, school operations status and evidence of the variant strains of COVID-19 in our area. We have also continued to meet with our school leaders from across the county and yesterday reconvened our review and further discussion relative to “higher-risk” sports, which included participation from many of our school medical directors / physicians.

Washington County and our Public Health professionals recognize the positive impacts and effects sports have on our students, families, schools and communities, we also recognize the importance of education and the challenges our school communities have worked through together to keep our schools operational with as much in-person instruction as possible throughout the pandemic. In an effort to allow those school districts and students/families who wish to participate in higher-risk sports, working in conjunction with neighboring counties, we are releasing “Guidance to Participate in Higher-Risk Sports”, which has been developed to provide each school with a path to progress forward, which includes required components of school operations, health and safety for all those participating.

Our Public Health, Medical Director and leadership team will continue to work with our school leaders to monitor our local case status of COVID-19 in our communities, schools and across the Capital Region. We will ensure prompt identification, coordination and addressing of any related issues that arise from higher-risk sports affecting our school’s abilities to conduct their regularly scheduled educational instruction.  

We wish to extend our thanks to all of our community members and school leadership teams for their patience as we worked through this process to ensure the pathway provided was a sound, achievable set of guidelines to best ensure the health, safety and success of everyone involved.

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