Announcements and Important Events
Dear Fraser Families,
By now, you have heard the Governor's Executive Order suspending in-person learning at all K-12 schools for the rest of the school year -- unless restrictions are lifted. We know this is difficult news to hear, and it will create additional stress for our families. These are unsettling times. It is important now, more than ever, that we continue to stand together and stay strong as a Fraser. With this announcement on Thursday, the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA), as of this Friday afternoon, also made the announcement that all spring sports have been cancelled for the remainder of this calendar school year.
This is an unfortunate situation, but in order to maintain the safety and health of all of our Fraser families and those families throughout the State of Michigan, this decision was necessary during this current pandemic. This is an unprecedented moment, and one that will impact many of our students from Middle School through the High School level this spring. As the athletic Director, it is always my goal to see our seniors compete and graduate having had the opportunity to compete in a sport and represent their school throughout their entire 4 years, unfortunately that is not happening and I wish I could change that scenario for them. Seniors, I just want to say to each of you, thank you for everything that you have given to Fraser High School both academically and athletically. It has been a pleasure to have had the opportunity to see each of you develop and grow into young adults over the past 4 years. Each of you will be missed, and I wish that we were all able to write a different ending to our High School Athletic careers. The athletic department wish’s all of you the best as you move on to the next stage of your life.
As we move forward during this pandemic, the athletic department will continue to monitor the current situation and will keep families updated on upcoming summer activities and fall sports participation.
We ask that all of our families stay safe and the athletic department will plan on resuming normal activities once the State of Michigan, MHSAA and Fraser Public Schools declares that we can return back to our normal daily activities, free of the coronavirus.
Please see the press release below from the MHSAA;
Dear MHSAA Family:
Below you will find the media release announcing the MHSAA’s decision to cancel all 2019-20 winter and spring tournaments and sport seasons. This was based on protecting the health, safety and well-being of students, teachers, coaches, support staff, officials, media members, parents, fans and families. It follows the Governor’s order of April 2 and will allow member schools to put all attention, energy and resources into online learning experiences for the next two months. This is a public health crisis and the MHSAA, like many others, is putting public health first.
We wanted to alert you to this news before the public announcement. Thank you for all that you do for school sports in our state.
MHSAA Executive Director
MHSAA Cancels Remainder of 2019-20 Winter & Spring Seasons
EAST LANSING, Mich. – April 3 – The Michigan High School Athletic Association has canceled the remainder of the 2019-20 Winter and Spring sports seasons, in compliance with the Thursday (April 2) “state of disaster” directive by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer closing school buildings and moving education online for the remainder of the school year to help decrease the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
This will be the first school year to not see MHSAA Finals played in multiple sports since 1942-43, when World War II led to the elimination of Finals in most sports.
The MHSAA on March 12 suspended its girls and boys basketball, girls gymnastics, boys ice hockey and boys swimming & diving tournaments amid COVID-19 concerns. All activity in all sports was halted March 13. Spring sports to that point had begun practice, but not competition.
The MHSAA’s Representative Council approved during its Winter Meeting on March 27 a series of concepts for completing the Winter tournaments and an abbreviated Spring season, contingent on the lifting of a statewide quarantine. The closure of school buildings into June made those possibilities void.
The MHSAA’s Executive Committee, comprised of officers of the larger Council, affirmed the decision today (April 3) to cancel the remainder of this school year’s activities.
“We are heartbroken to not be able to provide these opportunities for Michigan’s student-athletes, and especially seniors. We continue to hear from dozens asking us to hold out hope. But safety always must come first, and Governor Whitmer is making courageous decisions to safeguard the people of our state,” MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl said. “We understand as much as anyone how much school sports mean to athletes and their communities. We had ideas and hopes for finishing Winter and Spring and helping bring some sort of normalcy after this long break. But this is the correct decision, and we will play our part in bringing schools and communities together again when the time is right.”
“For now, we cannot state strongly enough that all students, staffs and others follow the guidelines established to slow the spread of this virus – we all must do our part.”
Because the five Winter sports were not able to conclude with Finals, no champions will be awarded in those sports for 2019-20. However, championships won at earlier rounds of those tournaments (District or Regional) will continue to stand.
The MHSAA will in coming weeks provide guidelines and other information pertinent to this unusual offseason as attention is turned to preparing for Fall 2020.
Director of Athletics
Fraser Public Schools