District Statement: October 23, 2020

The District is aware of the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the quarantine of Jeremy Williams, one of our incredible student-athletes at Lapeer High School. We share in the disappointment of everyone who has spoken out in support of Jeremy and his desire to compete in a state-qualifying cross country event this weekend.

We have petitioned the MHSAA, reviewed our own rigorous investigation for accuracy, and personally spoken with local public health officials in order to ensure everything we have done is in accordance with existing health and safety guidelines. The facts of this particular case are not disputed and we are confident that we have given this case its due diligence.

These are very unique times for students, parents and staff, indeed anyone connected to public education. The District will continue to make every effort to follow local, state and federal health and safety guidelines in order to offer our students face-to-face instruction. As part of that compliance, any student who has been in close contact with a positive case of COVID-19 is required to be quarantined for a period of 14 days. In the last three weeks, we have had more than 200 students, involved in a wide range of athletic and extracurricular activities, who have been required to quarantine. During that time, the District has made every effort to minimize the impact of quarantines on our schools. Even so, many students are being faced with difficult challenges and lost opportunities. We empathize with all these students and their families – we want these opportunities for our students, too.

The District will continue to work closely with the Lapeer County Health Department, who are similarly doing everything in their power to keep our students and staff safe.  As always, we offer gratitude to our entire school community for their patience and understanding during this very challenging time.

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