By Joseph Hayes
It wasn’t the ideal high school year for any student.
So much so that it will likely go on record as being different than any year that ever came before.
But that didn’t stop Marysville High School Athletic Director Erin Schweihofer from enjoying her time impacting students.
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She will look forward to the start of the new school year, hopefully one where things will be normalized.
Recently the Michigan High School Athletic Association released updated guidelines and correspondence for the reopening of school-based sports from the recommendation of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s office.
The changes were announced last Friday and were effective as of June 10.
Among the guidelines:
MHSAA member schools can begin summer activities at schools as long as: 1. School administration has announced school facilities are open to students and staff and 2. The academic school year (last day of online instruction/exams) has ended.
- Schools that are reopened in Regions 6 and 8 (northwestern Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula, respectively) may begin indoor activities with no more than 50 people but must continue social distancing and proper cleaning of equipment as noted. Schools in Regions 6 and 8 also may increase their participation in outdoor activities from 100 to a maximum of 250 people. Social distancing and proper cleaning must be followed.
- Competition is not yet allowed because of social distancing rules.
- Although a group of 50 may meet indoors in Regions 6 and 8, the MHSAA recommends smaller groups of the same students work out together. This will allow for a better response and easier tracing should a positive case of COVID-19 be discovered. Also, because most weight rooms cannot accommodate social distancing for groups of 50, the MHSAA recommends cycling in these smaller groups to weight rooms with proper cleaning of equipment between rotations.
- Schools in all other Regions – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 – should continue to adhere to guidelines put forth in the MHSAA’s June 2 update. However, administrators and coaches should begin preparing for the allowance of similar opportunities now open in Regions 6 and 8.
- The full update can be found at https://www.mhsaa.com/Portals/0/Documents/AD%20Forms/MHSAA%20Summer%20Guidance%20Update%202.pdf.
Similar advisories will accompany future updates to the “MHSAA/NFHS Guidance for Re-Opening School Sports” with complete updates found on the MHSAA Website at https://www.mhsaa.com/coronavirus.
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