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Parent Statement to Marysville Superintendent of Schools

October 1, 2019

Last week, Marysville High School forcibly removed over 37 students from the high school due to an alleged outbreak of chickenpox, which consisted of two students. The school took these extreme measures based on a recommendation from the St. Clair County Health Department, discriminating against students who could not prove immunity status based on health department regulations. By doing so, they showed total disregard for the emotional welfare or physical safety of the students who were forced to leave school grounds, and not being able to return for 2 weeks. 

Parents were not asked to keep children home, as publicly stated by the superintendent for Marysville School District. This group of students were pulled from class on Tuesday and put in a room and shamed for not being up to date on their vaccinations. The students were then put outside on the street. They were not allowed to call for rides or get their things, and those that rode a bus home were left sitting outside with nowhere to go. The next day a big group was again forcefully sent home. The Marysville School District released the private health, educational, and personal records of these students to the health department WITHOUT parental consent. This is a clear violation of federal law. 

According to MDHHS Varicella Investigation Guidelines, the health department cannot recommend these control measures unless there is laboratory confirmation which follows a specific set of procedures. So far the health department has not given any proof that this has been met. 

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According to MI State Law, there are three ways to provide immunity to a school. One, is a vaccination record. Two, is a titers blood test that shows immunity. Three, is an affidavit signed by a parent, guardian, or doctor that states the child has had the chickenpox. Despite the fact that at least one parent submitted an affidavit, the school has admitted they will not follow state law, but instead continue based on what the health department recommends. The school district has not consulted with any attorneys, as of September 30th to confirm their actions were lawful. 

Homecoming events are happening all week long. The school has barred any Marysville student who cannot provide immunity status from attending these week-long events including the homecoming parade and the homecoming dance. This group of banned students consists of band members, cheerleaders, and football players. HOWEVER, the school is allowing students from other school districts to attend without checking the immunity or vaccination status of the visiting student. 

The parents are taking a stand on October 2nd, and encourage all parents with children in the Marysville School district to remove their child for the day to show support for the students who were forcibly removed from the High School. 

Stacy DeShon, Spokesperson for parents of children removed from Marysville High School.

Stacy DeShon, DeShon Law, PLLC

Blue Water Healthy Living Contributing Writer.

Stacy is a dedicated Attorney who focuses on Elder Law, Estate Planning, Medicaid Planning, Estate Administration, and Probate.  She will be there to help make the best legal, and business decisions for your family. She is also there to guide and help your family when you are no longer able.

After graduating from Marysville High School, she moved to New York City and attended New York Institute of Technology where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Sociology, Psychology, and Communications. After graduating, she moved back to Michigan and she took time to start a family.  Shortly after her third child was born, Stacy decided it was time to reach for her dream and go to law school.  At Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Stacy found her stride and exceeded.  She was the President of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, a teaching assistant for Research and Writing, was awarded an academic scholarship, the Certificate of Merit in Maritime Law, and participated in an Estate Planning clinic where her passion for helping families plan for their future was cultivated.  Although Stacy had a background in family law and had been working at a prestigious family law firm in Oakland County, she felt she could help more people by turning her focus on Elder Law and Estate Planning.  She graduated Cum Laude and did all this while working a full-time job and raising her family.

Stacy is passionate about spending time with her 3 kids and her coaching position for the Marysville Middle School Cheerleaders.  Stacy is very involved in the local community as a 4H leader and a member of the 4-H Leaders Council.  She is a member of the St. Clair County 4H, Port Huron Civic Theater, Women’s Life, AAUW, the American Rabbit Breeders Association, the Oakland County Bar Association, the  Michigan Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. She is also an advocate for Michigan for Vaccine Choice, and for Urban Farming.

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