Manhasset students who play high-risk winter sports must learn remotely

Students who want to participate in high-risk winter sports in the Manhasset School District will have to agree to remote learning only.

News 12 Staff

Jan 30, 2021, 10:23 PM

Updated 1,264 days ago

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Students who want to participate in high-risk winter sports in the Manhasset School District will have to agree to remote learning only.
While Nassau County was following state guidelines of allowing winter sports, like wrestling, basketball and competitive cheer leading, the county left it up to each school district to make their own decisions.
The Manhasset School District added additional restrictions requiring student athletes to go remote learning only, have frequent PCR COVID-19 testing, undergo daily health checks and a final PCR test in order to return to hybrid learning.
Mother Andrea Girard says she doesn't want to put anyone at risk, but worries taking her son out of in-person classes could do more harm than good.
"I don't completely disagree with that, I just feel like the protocols are just a little over the top," she says.
Even with all of these precautions for athletes, some medical professionals believe that these high-risk sports can still be hazardous during a pandemic.
Infectious disease specialist Dr. Bruce Hirsch admits the extra precautions are good, but still believes there could be virus transmission and advises against contact sports at the moment. He says schools should concentrate on getting kids back into classrooms, which he says are safer than sports.
"I do think there is good data about going to school and at least beginning to have that experience again," Dr. Hirsch says.
Still, Girard worries about what restrictions there will be with other sports later in the year.
"So, if you are a three-sport athlete…you are basically staying remote for the entire rest of the school year," she says.
Other school districts like Plainview Old Bethpage are instituting similar testing requirements for its athletes if they choose to participate in sports.


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