Citing a priority for the security of its college students and college, Poughkeepsie superintendent Eric Rosser confirmed his district has withdrawn from the autumn scholastic sports activities season.
“If youngsters are doing distant studying, we’ve got to be conscious and cautious about partaking them in interscholastic sports activities,” Rosser instructed the Journal on Thursday. “Defending our youngsters and workers members needs to be the precedence.”
After an almost seven-month pause amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Part 1 resumed sports activities this week with most of its member faculties opening observe on Tuesday. Poughkeepsie joins Pawling and Yonkers amongst districts that opted to not compete this autumn, and Poughkeepsie is figuring out now if it can play its fall season subsequent spring, as Part 9 plans to.
Rosser mentioned he does not know when the choice formally was made to withdraw, however the opportunity of pulling out had lengthy been mentioned amongst college management.
This announcement, no less than, offers a definitive reply to the coaches and athletes of the autumn sports activities groups, a few of who mentioned they have been limbo this summer time. Whilst practices have been underway in some neighboring districts, Poughkeepsie cross nation coach Kevin Rother mentioned Wednesday that he “didn’t know” if his college could be becoming a member of them.
“We have been cleared by the part to begin on Tuesday, however not one of the fall coaches have been appointed,” he mentioned then. “We will not have practices or meet with the groups till the appointments. At this stage, I’m assuming we’re not having fall sports activities.”
Rosser mentioned that directors have been conscious of the withdrawal, however he didn’t know who else that info was communicated to.
Poughkeepsie has been with out an athletic director since July, when Christian Hodge accepted a place at Pelham Excessive College in Westchester County. A alternative has not but been employed, although Rosser mentioned a candidate might be introduced to the college board for approval in a gathering subsequent Wednesday.
Gregory Mott, an assistant superintendent, served as de facto chief of the athletic division throughout the summer time and one other assistant, Dr. Timothy Wade, led the seek for a brand new athletic director.
The delay in teaching appointments was not tied to the absence of an athletic director, Rosser insisted.
“With us not collaborating in fall sports activities, we did not must appoint,” he mentioned. “However we plan to take part in winter sports activities, if we’re allowed, and we anticipate coaches to be appointed for that season.”
The Poughkeepsie groups affected by this transfer are girls and boys soccer, cross nation and women tennis. Soccer, volleyball and cheerleading — fall sports activities the state Division of Well being deemed “excessive threat” — already have been postponed to March 1.
Part 1 covers components of Dutchess County in addition to Putnam, Westchester and Rockland counties.
Particular person sections and college districts had the choice to play the “low-risk” fall sports activities starting Sept. 21, and Part 1 opted to delay the area an extra week. Beacon and Our Woman of Lourdes have been the one Dutchess County faculties that resumed sports activities on Tuesday. John Jay-East Fishkill and Roy C. Ketcham have been set to begin their classes Thursday, and Arlington plans to start on Friday.
The primary slate of video games in Part 1 are scheduled for Oct. 10 and every staff is required to have a minimal of 10 observe days earlier than competitors.
Girls and boys soccer, subject hockey, swimming, cross nation and tennis have been the autumn sports activities thought of low threat and obtained clearance from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Women swimming, due to the restricted availability of swimming pools, was moved to March in Part 1.
Part 9, which incorporates components of Dutchess together with faculties from Ulster, Orange and Sullivan counties, opted to shift all its fall sports activities to March. Their athletic calendar will start Nov. 30, with winter sports activities.
“We worth sports activities,” Rosser mentioned. “I used to be an athlete myself in highschool and school, so we all know the worth of athletics. It is unlucky that, given the challenges of COVID-19,college districts must take precautions and, in some circumstances, that’s coming on the expense of sports activities.”