During an almost two-hour meeting, Clinton Central School Board of Education members discussed high-risk winter sports.
At the end of the special meeting Tuesday evening the Board ultimately decided to open up playing for high-risk sports when the students return to in-school learning full-time Feb. 22. Clinton will play three or four other schools in Oneida County except for ice hockey, which will play teams in other counties.
Football practice can start March 1 and volleyball March 8. Basketball and ice hockey end March 14.
The first week will be low-risk mandated practices before competition can start.
In a 5-2 vote, the Board approved for the return of high-risk athletics - those sports mentioned - when school reopens Feb. 22. Board members did not support starting sports Feb. 15.
Clinton’s plan submitted to Oneida County for approval calls for daily health screenings of players and anyone attending games and practices. Spectators will not be allowed at either.
Practices will be staggered to allow for cleaning in between groups. Practices will be 90 minutes.
A coach or athlete exposed to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, within the past 10 days, will not be allowed to participate on the team until they have had been tested, and can verify they have received a negative result.
Facemasks must be worn by everyone during games and practices except during designated mask breaks.
The guidelines cover both the gyms at Clinton Central School and the Clinton Arena.
The meeting opened with members of the public offering their thoughts. Board president Mary Lou Lauchert said questions and comments would be heard, but not responded to by the board; as well, the chat section of the Zoom meeting was turned off.
Meghan Jackson, who said she had four children in the district, read the definition of what the Board does. She asked why sports was a topic of a special meeting when not all…