Athletics and Extracurricular Activities
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) has established a COVID-19 Task Force consisting of NYSPHSAA member superintendents, principals, athletic directors and executive directors in addition to representatives from New York State Athletic Administrators Association and State Education Department. The Task Force will provide guidance when New York high school student-athletes are allowed to return to athletics. The task force is reviewing State and local health guidelines, as well as NYSED guidance, regarding the 2020-2021 school year to determine, among other things, the extent to which changes may be needed for each interscholastic sport. The COVID-19 Task Force will continue to review all aspects of the fall 2020 season and the 2020-2021 school year related to the COVID-19 crisis, such as practice requirements; fan attendance; resocialization efforts; protocol; procedures; transportation; etc. As more information becomes available it will be shared on the NYSPHSAA website. Fall sports have been delayed until September 21, 2020. There are several scenarios for the 2020-2021 athletic seasons which will be determined by the NYSPHSAA at a later date. The scenarios involve alternate starting dates and changes of seasons based on potential risk by sport.
Extracurricular programs must consider social distancing, PPE usage, and cleaning and disinfection, as well as risk of COVID-19 transmission (e.g., interscholastic sports, assemblies, and other gatherings). Consideration will be given to maintain cohorts, if applicable.