On February 4, the Monticello Central School District Board of Education authorized the high-risk winter sports of boys and girls basketball (varsity and junior varsity) for the 2021 season.
“While everyone is excited about the opportunity for our students to resume these competitive sports, we temper it with a good deal of caution,” commented Superintendent of Schools Matthew T. Evans. “We are requiring a number of health and safety protocols, consistent with the guidance provided by Sullivan County Public Health Services. These include a high-risk sport-specific athlete code of conduct, informed consent from the parent and athlete, and a requirement that face coverings be worn at all times, including competitions.”
At the moment, Section 9 prohibits spectators from attending any athletic events.
“We thank you in advance for your patience and flexibility as we navigate these new protocols,” Director of Athletics Kurt Buddenhagen said. “Guidance, statistics and protocols can change from day-to-day and we’re looking forward to providing student athletes the best experience we can given the circumstances. We have our fingers crossed that the statistics continue to improve in our county, our section and our state so that we can continue to provide more opportunities for our students. Every opportunity is a step in the right direction.”
Teams will begin practices on February 5. Interested students should contact Mr. Buddenhagen, or their team’s coach for more information, or visit the MCSD Athletics website at www.monticelloschools.net/athletics-pe-health/.