On Monday, February 8 the Albany County Department of Health (ACDOH) officials announced that it has approved the return of high-risk sports (scrimmages and games) beginning on February 9. The Albany County Department of Health, citing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will continue to monitor COVID-19 rates in the region for the continuation of high-risk sports in area districts. According to county health officials, rates should be below four percent for seven consecutive days in a region for high-risk sports to continue.
Please note that the RCS Board of Education will hold a special vote on the continuation of high-risk sports in the district at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9.
For RCS District students, this means that Winter Sports, including boys and girls basketball, competitive cheer, and wrestling may be able to begin this year. The other Winter Sports of swimming and bowling will continue at this point. As a reminder, the Fall II season, which will include football and volleyball (high-risk sports) and boys and girls soccer and cross country (moderate-risk sports) are slated to begin on March 7, 2021.
It is important to note that, at this time, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) have given specific approval for medium and high-risk sports, with certain strict rules under the direction of the Albany County Department of Health. For winter sports, school districts are tasked with developing a health and safety plan and implementing various safety protocols to protect student-athletes, staff, and families. There will be no spectators for any winter sports at RCS at this time.
The governor and department of health have not offered any adjustments to the requirements for any other large-group school-related activities such as performing music or physical education.
In preparation for any future seasons, a valid sports physical from the 18-19 or 19-20 school year is acceptable, along with a sports update form and COVID-19 athletic participation waiver that is available on our RCS Athletics web page. The district will continue to share updates and procedures related to the continuation of athletics as needed.