Legal updates were among topics at a meeting of the St. Joseph County School Board Association last week in Sturgis.
Brad Banasik, legal counsel and director of labor relations for Michigan Association of School Boards, presented the updates. Among the topics were Public Act 87 of 2021, quarantining, Open Meetings Act issues, student discipline and off-campus student speech and school board censures.
Public Act 87 of 2021, which centers on the state budget, is getting its share of attention, Banasik said. A provision states that the director of MDHHS or a local health officer shall not issue or enforce any orders or other directives that require an individual under the age of 18 to wear a face mask or face covering.
In response to Public Act 87, many county health departments have rescinded their health orders on face masks and quarantining. The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency rescinded its Sept. 22 public health order requiring employers, educational institutions, and persons in Branch, Hillsdale and St. Joseph counties to quarantine after a close contact exposure with a person infected with COVID-19.