In response to today's announcement by Governor Whitmer and Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy Director for MDHHS, that Michigan will begin offering rapid COVID-19 tests to schools and the goal that all schools begin providing in-person opportunities to students as soon as possible and no later than March 1, MASSP Executive Director Wendy Zdeb released the following statement:

"Michigan's principals and other educators want schools to reopen safely as much as anyone. We want to see our students. We believe that in-person instruction is exceptionally important. And we know that students need to return to schools as soon as possible. We are already taking steps to make reopening for in-person instruction safer, especially vaccinating our principals, teachers, support staff, and other educators who work directly with our students. Today's announcement about rapid testing is one more tool for safe reopening. What the return to in-person instruction looks like will vary by community, but we appreciate every effort to support schools in resuming in-person instruction as soon as safely possible."