Resolution urges flexibility for schools to allow family members at athletic events
State Rep. Mike Mueller this week helped the House pass a resolution calling on the state health department to give local school districts more flexibility, so all student-athletes can have their immediate family members attend their sporting events.
Mueller, chair of the House Government Operations Committee, led a hearing on the measure Thursday morning, listening to compelling testimony from a mother whose son was asked to choose just one parent to attend his state finals event for powerlifting.
“It’s heartbreaking what these overly strict capacity limits are doing to student-athletes across our state,” said Mueller, of Linden. “I truly believe schools could safely accommodate kids from blended families and others who really don’t deserve the stress and anxiety that results from picking and choosing which of their loved ones gets to attend an event.”
House Resolution 40 calls on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to allow school districts the flexibility to exclude the immediate family members of participants in school athletic events from venue capacity limits, as long as they adhere to safe social distancing practices.
The resolution was adopted by the House later Thursday. Copies of the resolution will now be sent to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and DHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel.
Rep. Mueller, a retired deputy sheriff in both Washtenaw and Livingston counties, speaks at a Capitol press conference Thursday on a plan to support local law enforcement and improve public safety. Rep. Mueller says access to mental health services for police, corrections workers and other first responders is key.