COVID-19 uncertainty spurs concern for future of school extracurriculars
High school students in Jericho are wondering what to expect for the upcoming school year.
Matthew Inger, 17, is an incoming senior and tells News 12 he’s looking forward to entering his final year.
Hoping to play indoor volleyball in the fall, the teenager anticipates the journey being difficult but worth it.
“We've got to do what we've got to do just to keep us safe. And anything to get back out there and that's what it's going to take to have some fun and play this year,” says Inger.
News 12 is told masks must be worn by all students and staff. Barriers on desks will be removed, and everyone will have to be at least 3 feet apart.
“Being a senior…it's my last year so I really want to be able to do everything I can,” says 12th grader Ben Rosner.
Many students say they’re concerned after the state Education Department issued health and safety guidance Thursday regarding sports and extracurricular activities like band and choir.
As COVID-19 cases increase on Long Island, the guidance states: "High risk sports and extracurricular activities should be virtual or canceled in areas of high community transmission unless participants are fully vaccinated.”
"The schools with the parents must consider what is the best activity that that child should participate in and what is the safest way for them to participate in it," says Dr. Sharon Nachman.
Jericho School District Superintendent Hank Grishman says sports and activities will be in full swing with precautions at the moment.
“What we're saying to our kids on the outdoor sports fields [is] you do not need to mask…but in the locker room, you need to wear a mask. On the buses to and from school…wear a mask. There are indoor sports and for the indoor sports we are asking kids to wear masks,” says Grishman.