UPDATE: Lansing School District says fall sports are canceled, approves back to school plan with 100% remote learning in fall

Published: Aug. 6, 2020 at 6:21 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - The Lansing School District Board of Education has decided to start the school year off with 100% remote instruction and cancel fall sports at their Thursday night meeting.

The decision comes as part of the COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan for the 2020-2021 school year.

Superintendent Sam Sinicropi said in addition to the cancellation of sports, band and cheerleading will also be cancelled as part of the plan.

“Along with formally submitting our plan for Lansing, we are also announcing the cancellation of all fall extra-curricular school activities until further notice, and that includes all sports, band, and cheerleading,” said superintendent Sam Sinicropi. “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 extracurricular activities, but at this moment we made the tough decision to cancel until further notice to be safe.”

“Hopefully we can begin to get our students back into the classroom at their school with their teachers by the end of the first marking period, which is around the first week in November,” said Board of Education president Gabrielle Lawrence. “We can reconsider sports and all other extracurricular activities after students return to school. The Lansing screen-to-screen learning option is very different than an online education. In Lansing, several different teachers will be directly engaged with each student throughout the school day.”

Back on July 16, the district announced plans to start the school year off with 100% remote learning.

The first day of instruction for Lansing schools will be on Aug. 31, 2020. The district said staff will continue training through the summer for virtual learning.

The board of education is scheduled to hold their next meeting Aug. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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