Hudson Valley County Executives authorize resumption of high-risk sports; now other groups need to weigh in.


On Wednesday, county executives from the seven counties that comprise the Hudson Valley issued a joint statement regarding the resumption of high-risk winter sports. The executives, including Westchester County Executive George Latimer, said the region will authorize “higher-risk” sports—both scholastic and non-scholastic—to proceed effective February 1, at the discretion of the governing school district or non-scholastic athletic organization.

While the authorization from county officials is an encouraging sign for athletes who are eager to return to play, there are still a few more hurdles to clear. Denise Kiernan, North Salem High School Athletic Director, said today that the District is waiting on further information from Section One regarding guidelines and specifics as well as authorization and guidelines from the Westchester County Department of Health.

“Once we have further information, an informed decision will be made regarding the start date and when high-risk sports registration will be available to our families,” said Kiernan.

In remarks shared Wednesday, Latimer said, “I stand with my fellow Hudson Valley County Executives in support of sports resuming in schools. To be clear, there will be protective protocols in place, and these additional precautions are to protect the athletes. But, I am in favor of providing our children with some normalcy so that they can begin to heal from this horrific pandemic. The resumption of sports will be important for the continued development and mental well-being of our young people - we must never forget them in the decisions we make.”

While North Salem athletes who participate in high-risk sports wait further news from the District, those competing in sports considered low risk will continue with their seasons. The Winter Track team is gearing up to begin a schedule of outdoor dual meets held weekly throughout the month of February.

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