The Lewisboro Parks and Recreation Department announced last week that their in-town recreational basketball league would be returning for the winter 2021-22 season after missing last winter due to the pandemic.

Even after the department released their brochure for this fall (for the first time in two years), Superintendent of Parks and Recreation Dana Mayclim was still unsure as to whether the Katonah-Lewisboro School District would allow the town to have access to the school’s gyms.

If not given access to the gyms, Ms. Mayclim said the department was prepared to run a condensed basketball program in the former Lewisboro Elementary School gym, similar to what was done in winter 2020.

In keeping with the policies in surrounding school districts, KLSD has given Lewisboro’s Parks and Rec department full access to the district’s gyms. In an email blast announcing the development, the department thanked the KLSD Board of Education, Operations and Maintenance Department and Athletics Department for allowing the town programs to return to the school gyms.

“This will allow us to run a relatively normal season, compared to past years,” the department stated in the email.

In an effort to limit exposure between the league participants who are elementary school-aged and therefore unvaccinated, the Junior division (third and fourth graders) and the Intermediate division (fifth and sixth graders) will consist only of students from the same elementary schools.

The Senior, Master and Veteran divisions will not have any separation restrictions in terms of how teams are formed.

Parks and Rec made clear in their announcement that space on teams is subject to change depending on enrollment, COVID-19 vaccination rates among the participants, and outbreaks, at the discretion of the department or town. (This week the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine received approval from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for children ages 5-11).

As additional safety measures, the department is requiring masks be worn indoors by athletes, spectators and staff at all times. Those taking mask breaks must be more than 6-feet apart from other people.

In addition, written daily attendance for each roster will be maintained by a town official for contact tracing. The department is required to notify KLSD immediately when they learn of any cases.

Parks and Rec also asks that players or spectators stay home if they had recent contact with someone testing positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19.

Parents can register their children online at lewisbororecreation.com or in person at the department office located at 99 Elmwood Road, Vista. Information on how to register was sent out in an email from the Parks and Rec Department and via KLSD backpack mail on Oct. 27. Registration began Nov. 3.

The department will hold extended office hours until 6 p.m. on Nov. 8, 9 and 10.

For more information about the recreational basketball league, contact the Parks and Rec Department at 914-232-6162.

Jessica Leibman is a staff reporter at The Record-Review where she covers the Town of Lewisboro the Katonah-Lewisboro School District.

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