Section VII will let schools set mask rules
Students at schools in Section VII athletics — including Saranac Lake, Lake Placid, Keene and AuSable Valley — do not have to mask up when competing outdoors at schools that adopt new state regulations, but if they travel to districts still requiring masks, they may have to wear them there.
Section VII Executive Director Matt Walentuk said the section never mandated masks for its spring season, so this change from the state is one each district can make but does not affect the section itself.
Walentuk said several schools have signed on to remove masks during outdoor games. He said it’s up to the host school to communicate their mask expectations to visiting schools.