At this time, North Colonie is considering which extracurricular activities would be feasible via remote platforms. As our priority is student safety, the buildings will be less accessible for groups of students, due to our cleaning protocols, before and after school. Any in-person activities would have to be conducted in a safe environment, abiding by our expectations of social distance, cohort size, PPE usage and cleaning/disinfection protocols.
In regard to interscholastic athletics, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association has issued guidance that will postpone fall sports until September 21. Furthermore, they have decided against fall championships, both regionally and state wide. NYSPHSAA has also presented a potential plan which would realign the athletic seasons later in the year, should they need to, as a result of COVID-19. Read the most up-to-date NYSPHSAA plan here.
As per the New York State Department of Health guidance, no sports and recreation activity will occur without meeting the following minimum State standards, as well as applicable federal requirements, including but not limited to such minimum standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
As per the New York State Department of Health guidance, the District will ensure that for any assembly, indoor sport or recreational activity, capacity is limited to no more than 50% of the maximum occupancy for a particular area as set by the certificate of occupancy, inclusive of employees and patrons/players/spectators. The District will limit spectators to no more than two spectators per player. The District will ensure a distance of at least six feet is maintained among individuals at all times, whether indoor or outdoor, unless safety or the core activity (e.g. practicing, playing) requires a shorter distance. If a shorter distance is required, individuals must wear acceptable face coverings, unless players are unable to tolerate a face covering for the physical activity (e.g. practicing, playing); provided, however, that coaches, trainers, and other individuals who are not directly engaged in physical activity are required to wear a face covering.
The district has a strong partnership with the Colonie Youth Center (CYC), which will be offering childcare opportunities. We are currently working with CYC to develop before and after school care programs for the 2020-2021 school year. More information will be made available in mid-August.
CYC will be responsible for social distancing, PPE usage, cleaning and disinfection requirements, as well as limiting the risk of COVID-19 transmission. CYC can be reached at www.colonieyouthcenter.org or 518-438-9596.