Leland Public Schools Suspends Athletic Activities After Positive COVID-19 Case

LELAND – Leland Public Schools has suspended all fall athletic practices and activities after a student-athlete on its soccer program tested positive for COVID-19.

The school district is not aware of any direct exposure during sports practices.

Athletic practices and activities will remain suspended until contact tracing has been completed by the Benzie-Leelanau Health Department.

In a letter to LPS families, LPS Superintendent Stephanie Long said:

We recently became aware of a student athlete on the soccer team who tested positive for COVID-19. We found out on Wednesday afternoon at approximately 4:00 pm. We are responsible for informing all who are considered “close contacts” by the CDC guidelines, but felt it appropriate to notify our entire school community. There was no direct exposure during LPS athletic practices that we are aware of at this time. If you or your child(ren) are required to quarantine because of an exposure, the health department will contact you. If your child does not qualify as a close contact, you will not hear from the health department. The health department wants to protect the confidentiality of this person unless there is a reason to inform you of this person’s identity. At this time, it is the role of LPS to tell all the families that we are moving forward under the guidance of the Benzie-Leelanau Health Department and that all measures have been taken to protect the well being of your child(ren), including suspending all athletic practices until contract tracing can be completed. The health department advises that you please monitor for onset of symptoms related to COVID19, including fever, cough, difficulty breathing, headache, sore throat, runny nose/ congestion, diarrhea, or new fatigue. If you note any change in your health or the health of your child, please call your regular medical provider.