Doria said, “Good news for our student-athletes.” “I definitely appreciate the time the council spent on this. It has put some serious thinking in mind for every student here, not just the athletes.”
“Comments from former athletes, current athletes, and parents, I think definitely influenced the assimilation of athletics.”
The board will discuss whether to add modified sports to the approval list at a future meeting.
While there was a perception that the school board was against the sport, members explained their reasons for taking a cautious approach and not minimizing their green light. One of them was more displeased by the lack of indicative areas received from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State General School Athletes Association. There has also been concern about other areas transmitting the virus to Sweet Home.
One way athletes are promoting safety is by using the ex-girls’ hypothetical swimming encounter model. The board approved a plan for Sweet Home swimmers who would use the school pool to participate in meetings against other schools, who would use their own facilities. There is no contact between the athletes on either side. Viewers will not be allowed.
But proper reasoning from those who spoke to the board during two discussion sessions seemed to have been helpful. From uncertainty to the Saturday student-athletes will attend for assignment.