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Schenectady County Releases High-Risk Sports Guidance

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Schenectady County Public Health Services released guidance for K-12 sponsored higher-risk sports within the County. The guidelines were created by a group of more than a dozen counties in the Capital Region, North Country and Mohawk Valley, to establish a regional approach to sports that often cross county borders.

“This guidance was created with the input of over a dozen local county health departments for a more regional approach to sports that often cross county borders,” said Schenectady County Manager Rory Fluman. “While there is no way to eliminate all risk of COVID-19 transmission, the guidance provided is a roadmap schools can follow to develop and implement their own comprehensive sport-specific preparedness plans, with public health oversight.”


  • Each school district’s Board of Education/Board of Directors, or equivalent body, must approve the district/school’s participation;
  • Each school superintendent/school leader must oversee the creation of a sport-specific preparedness plan, to be approved by the district/school’s medical director;
  • Each parent/guardian must sign an informed consent; and
  • The 7-day rolling average percent positivity in the county must be at or below 4.0%, as calculated by NYSDOH. If the positivity rate goes above 4.0%, activities will be restricted to individual or distanced group training or organized no/low-contact group training.

The full guidance document is available at