Montgomery County has given approval for “high” risk scholastic sports to begin Monday, pending approval from individual districts, County Executive Matthew Ossenfort and Public Health Director Sara Boerenko announced Friday.
Beginning Monday, teams in “high” risk sports from the county’s five districts — Amsterdam, Fonda-Fultonville, Canajoharie, Fort Plain and OESJ — will be permitted to begin practicing and may schedule scrimmages and games against in-county competition only.
Districts are currently awaiting guidance from Section II regarding protocols for wrestling.
When the county’s seven-day rolling average of positive COVID-19 tests falls below a threshold of 4%, teams from the county will be permitted to begin competition against teams from other counties that have also approved “high” risk competition.
“Together with our superintendents, we have created a path forward for high-risk sports that balances safety but also allows student athletes to compete,” Ossenfort said in a release announcing the decision.
“This decision will allow teams to begin practice and games, avoiding a total loss of the season. It is truly my hope the metrics improve and student athletes can commence out of county competition during the winter season,” he added.