Covid Protocols

UpdatedMonday October 25, 2021 byBob Herlihy.

Below please find the protocols required in order to use North Salem Central School District facilities:

  • Each organization must designate a point person to serve as a liaison to the North Salem Central School District's COVID Coordinator.
  • Players and/or spectators must stay home if they are feeling sick, have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (COVID-19 Symptoms), or have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19.  
  • If a player and/or spectator begins feeling sick while on school grounds, the following guidelines must be followed (Sick at School Flowchart)
  • All individuals must wear a properly fitting mask while indoors.  We will apply the following NYSPHSAA guidance regarding masks and high-risk sports:
Student-Athlete Mask Toleration
On September 2, 2021, New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) released the Interim NYSDOH Guidance For Classroom Instruction in P-12 Schools During the 2021-2022 Academic Year. This guidance mandates that all students, personnel, teachers, administrators, contractors, and visitors must wear masks at all times indoors, regardless of vaccination status. The guidance does not reference a student’s ability to determine toleration while engaged in physical activity.
After seeking clarification on the topic, state officials provided the following response:
“DOH’s guidance does make some accommodation for indoor sports where masking is not possible, but with the caveat that individuals must be distanced 6 feet apart, but otherwise participants must wear masks. Masking is not required for outdoor sports. Unlike some prior guidance, CDC’s most recent masking guidance does not make an exception for school sports/activities where masking may not be “tolerable” to a participant, unless the participant has an ADA recognized disability. In fact, the CDC guidance recommends masking for activities in the same manner as for regular classroom/in school.
Therefore, if individuals are participating in indoor sports and it is not possible for them to wear masks, they must maintain at least 6 feet physical distancing at all times when unmasked. If it is not possible for them to wear masks and not possible to maintain 6 foot distancing at all times, then that individual should not participate in the event.
  • Referees should use whistles under their masks.
  • There is currently no limit on spectators.  (The league will have an exception to this in the PQ gym due to spacing. Spectators will be limited to one adult family member at PQ, unfortunately no siblings.) All spectators are required to socially distance, unless they are family members living in the same household.  Using the bleachers in the Middle School gymnasium as a guide, spectators should sit 'every other seat' to meet the social distance guideline.    
  • Attendance logs, with contact information such as first and last name & cell phone number, for both players and spectators, need to be maintained for contact tracing purposes.  Contact tracing will be the responsibility of the program liaison.