Lansing School District cancels fall extracurricular activities, including athletics
Everyone seems to be waiting for announcements to come out of Lansing, but this was a slightly different twist than maybe some had been anticipating.
At its board meeting on Thursday, which was open to the public via Zoom, the Lansing School District announced it was cancelling all fall extracurricular activities, including athletics.
The statement from district superintendent Sam Sinicropi:
“Along with formally submitting our plan for Lansing, we are also announcing the cancellation of all fall extracurricular school activities until further notice, and that includes all sports, band, and cheerleading. I know how disappointing the cancellation of sports and extra-curricular activities may be for students, coaches and parents, but the school district must make decisions moving forward that makes safety our top priority. Unlike college and professional sports where decisions are driven by money, our decisions about sports and extracurricular activities must be made with safety as our defining factor. We initially were optimistic and had a timetable and protocols ready for the safe return to school including sports and extra curricular activities, but at this moment we made the tough decision to cancel until further notice to be safe.”
The decision impacts high school sports at Lansing Eastern, Lansing Everett and Lansing Sexton.
The district had announced in mid-July that it would be implementing a 100-percent virtual return to school when it starts on Aug. 31.
The Lansing district may not be the only one that ends up making a decision of this sort.
While the Michigan High School Athletic Association is aiming for a phased-in return to athletics in the fall — with contingency plans for halting higher-risk sports, should it be necessary — some districts are considering more stringent measures.
The Southfield Public Schools have discussed a similar proposal, sources have told STATE CHAMPS!, but no final decision has been made.
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