Ann Arbor parent Beverly Davidson doesn’t want to come across as an “angry monster” or worse yet, an armchair quarterback.
She has two children who had participated in sports at Ann Arbor Public Schools prior to the COVID-19 pandemic but made the decision to hold them back from playing this year.
It’s one of many Michigan school districts that have held off on in-person instruction to stop the spread of the virus but green-lighted student participation in athletics. It’s a prioritization some worry keeps students behind in the classroom even as sports surge forward with similar safety risks.
Davidson sees it as inconsistent.
“I think it sends a conflicting message about safety: It’s not safe enough to go to school, but it’s safe to be in an auditorium playing contact sports,” said Davidson, a social worker who has lived in Ann Arbor for 20 years.
“Not every student in the