Ann Arbor Public Schools suspend spring sports after a surge in COVID-19 cases

ANN ARBOR, MI – Ann Arbor public schools have suspended all spring sports after more than 150 people were recently quarantined or banned from participating in COVID-19 cases involving athletes.

The decision to suspend spring sports on Friday March 26 was made in consultation with the Washtenaw County Health Department, said Paul DeAngelis, executive director of high school education at AAPS. The hiatus in sports practices and competitions began on Saturday March 27th.

The hiatus will not affect winter sports teams participating in the state tournaments, said DeAngelis, who found the Washtenaw County Health Department told all school districts in the county, “Cases are increasing. Sports-related cases are increasing significantly. ”

DeAngelis said there has been a spike in COVID-19 cases among AAPS student-athletes, including 18 in the past week.

“This is also an important time to remind families of the importance of restricting socializing outside of your household unit,” said DeAngelis. “While the on-campus COVID-19 protocols have been carefully followed, we recognize that off-campus socialization has contributed to some cases of athletes.”

DeAngelis said the district emphasizes the importance of social distancing and limiting socialization outside of the family.

DeAngelis noted that the Washtenaw County Health Department offers drive-through PCR testing for COVID-19. Tests are possible with or without insurance or symptoms. Pre-registration is required at lynxdx.health/register.

Starting Monday and Tuesday April 5 and 6, all student athletes will take a rapid antigen test as required by the MDHHS and MHSAA for all high school athletes, DeAngelis said.

The test results will influence AAPS ‘decision on what to do next in spring sports competitions, DeAngelis said.

“It’s important to remind parents that athletes who are symptomatic or have been exposed to a case of COVID-19 should not come to campus for an antigen test,” DeAngelis said. “Please follow the pre-screening protocol to inform us of symptoms and / or exposure and to perform a PCR test.”

The break from spring sports comes just two days after AAPS returns to one-on-one tuition in hybrid format on March 25th.

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