After guidance came from the Nassau County Department of Health on how high-risk sports should be conducted, it appears that the Lawrence School District will have a winter sports season, however the boys basketball tryouts scheduled for Monday ae postponed because of the forecasted snowstorm.
Lawrence Superintendent Dr. Ann Pedersen said that basketball, bowling and track will be played, no wrestling. “Temperatures will be taken, there will be health checks, no spectators and games will be livestreamed,” she said, adding that “students as always must remain in good academic standing.” There was a sports information meeting for parents on Jan. 28.
The mandated county guidelines include weekly Covid-19 testing for athletes, coaches and others in daily contact with the teams, temperature monitoring before practices and games, and no more than two spectators per student-athlete. Districts are permitted to tweak the guidelines.
Masks must be worn at all times, unless players are unable to tolerate such a covering for the physical activity, and a minimum of 6 feet in distance between individuals must be followed at all times, with the exception of participating athletes.
No sharing of equipment or drinks will be permitted, and facilities must provide sanitizer for all in attendance and be limited to 50 percent of the maximum occupancy of a particular area, inclusive of employees, patrons, players and spectators.
Pedersen is encouraging new bowlers to sign up and said that cross country could take place in the next mini season, considered the fall sports season.
Tony Bellissimo contributed to this story.