WKTV - As fall sports season quickly approaches, big decisions are looming and must be made soon.
As of Tuesday, the New York State Department of Health has deemed that interscholastic sports are still not permitted. In the latest guidance released on Monday, the Health Department did say that they will be providing more information on athletic activities shortly.
That leaves the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) in a bit of a holding pattern.
The NYSPHSAA has scheduled the third meeting for its COVID-19 Task Force for Thursday morning. In its second meeting on July 1, the 24-member group discussed multiple scenarios for athletics in the upcoming academic year based on different return-to-school scenarios set forth by the state.
"There will certainly be a great deal to discuss and examine as we prepare for the reopening of schools," said Dr. Robert Zayas, Executive Director of the NYSPHSAA, via Twitter regarding Thursday's scheduled meeting.
According to an examination of state athletic association web pages, eight states around the U.S. have already announced plans to delay or alter the fall sports season:
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- West Virginia
New Mexico became the first state to announce that it will hold its football and soccer seasons in the spring semester this school year. As of now, the rest have only announced a delay to the fall season.
Texas hasn't formally announced a decision to delay or alter its fall season statewide, however some cities, such as El Paso, have individually delayed on-campus instuction for its schools along with fall sports seasons.
Stay with NEWSChannel 2 for the latest regarding the status of high school fall sports in New York State.