Dear Bellmore-Merrick Families:
With the condensed season for “high risk” winter sports beginning yesterday, please see the important information below regarding spectators and transportation to and from athletic events.
As per NYS Department of Health guidelines, the BMCHSD will permit two (2) adult spectators per competitor at all HOME contests. Student spectators will NOT be permitted. In addition, as per Section VIII, spectators WILL NOT be permitted at any AWAY contests until further notice.
All spectators who attend a home contest on one of our campuses will be expected to follow all health and safety protocols, including the completion of a COVID self-screening questionnaire and temperature screening prior to entrance. Masks must be worn at all times and social distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced.
After tryouts are completed, coaches will schedule mandatory parent meetings to discuss specific information related to each individual team. Please know that spectator attendance at interscholastic events remains a fluid situation throughout Nassau County and will be closely monitored during the first week of competitions. If changes to our spectator policy are necessary throughout the season, we will provide our families with the appropriate updates.
The BMCHSD will be providing transportation to and from practices (where applicable) and away contests as usual. However, due to the circumstances surrounding COVID19, we encourage (whenever possible) families to transport their own child to and from away contests. The BMCHSD will NOT permit carpooling, nor will it be permissible to transport a child who is NOT a member of your family to an away contest.
There are two waivers linked below. One is for transportation To and FROM an away contest. The second waiver is to be used when the BMCHSD has transported the child to an away contest, but the parent/guardian wishes to provide transportation for their child home from the athletic event. If you plan to transport your child to and/or from any athletic contest, please complete the appropriate waiver and submit it to your child’s coach 24 hours prior to the away contest.
Requests to Change Learning Models
As a reminder, there have been several requests made from families wishing to switch their child’s learning model to remote instruction for the duration of the winter athletic season. While this is certainly not a school mandate, the BMCHSD remains committed to working with individual families to best meet the needs of their child. If you wish to change your child’s learning model, please notify your building principal as soon as possible so that the appropriate adjustments can be made.
Please know that the health and safety of our coaches and student-athletes remains our foremost priority. We appreciate your patience and continued partnership during these unprecedented times. If you have further questions, kindly contact the Athletic Coordinator in the building your child attends. Be safe and stay healthy.
Mr. Eric Caballero
Director of Physical Education, Athletics,
Drivers Education & Health