For the upcoming winter athletic season, the Ogdensburg City School District will continue to implement requirements for athletes and spectators that align with the recommendations of federal, state and local health professionals.
The Interim NYSDOH Guidance For Classroom Instruction in P-12 Schools During the 2021-2022 Academic Year mandates that all students, personnel, teachers, administrators, contractors, and visitors must wear masks at all times indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
Per this guidance, all athletes and spectators in attendance at Ogdensburg City School District athletic events must wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. Spectators should physically distance themselves from non-family members.
State officials have provided the following information regarding specific protocols for masking during indoor sports:
DOH’s guidance does make some accommodation for indoor sports where masking is not possible, but with the caveat that individuals must be distanced 6 feet apart, but otherwise participants must wear masks. Masking is not required for outdoor sports. Unlike some prior guidance, CDC’s most recent masking guidance does not make an exception for school sports/activities where masking may not be “tolerable” to a participant, unless the participant has an ADA recognized disability. In fact, the CDC guidance recommends masking for activities in the same manner as for regular classroom/in school.
Therefore, if individuals are participating in indoor sports and it is not possible for them to wear masks, they must maintain at least 6 feet physical distancing at all times when unmasked. If it is not possible for them to wear masks and not possible to maintain 6 foot distancing at all times, then that individual should not participate in the event. Obviously keep in mind that the CDC currently recommends that high risk-sports in areas with high community spread should not occur unless all participants are fully vaccinated. That is not currently a state requirement, but since CDC recommends canceling these events, taking an abundance of caution so that they can occur is preferred.
With additional questions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage you to to visit the St. Lawrence County Public Health website or call their office at (315) 386 2325.