MIDDLETOWN (FOX19) - Middletown City Schools announced the suspension of all fall extracurricular activities and campus activities, such as athletics and band, effective until further notice.
Middletown school officials recently announced all classes will be remote when the fall semester begins Aug. 17.
“In this ever-changing, complicated, emotional season we have been placed in, we cannot lose focus on what is most important. The focus should be on the safety of our children, educators, staff, and all the families involved as we move forward with the main objective of educating our youth. We must remain vigilant and flexible and if ever there was a time that the old adage is paramount ‘it takes an entire village’ it is now!,” Jackie Phillips, City of Middletown Health Commissioner said in a news release.
The school district said they are doing it to flatten the curve and keep the district on track to bring students back to the classroom.
“If our families and friends want schools to open in the fall, we need to get serious and we need to mitigate the community spread. We need to social distance. We need to mask up. By suspending fall extracurricular activities, we are giving our students the best opportunity to get back to the classroom,” MCSD Superintendent Marlon Styles said.
Still, for some the announcement was a tough blow in an already tough time.
“This is my daughters senior year for volleyball and they wait so long for senior year because they get the recognition and they get the little posters she has recruits coming from Miami to watch her play..so it’s just super disappointing and I think it should be left up to the parents whether they play or not,” said Jennifer Calton of Middletown.
On July 20th, the Middletown City School District announced a remote learning start to the school year..and now, fall extracurricular activities have also been pushed back.
Jordan Lawson, high-school golf coach, says his team is bummed out.
“As far as I know we didn’t have a single positive case in a student athlete or a coach. Not saying they’re not, but nothing reported yet. And those coaches have been working really hard to keep things safe as far as sanitizing the facilities and keeping things spaced out and doing everything they were asked to do, and then to have it all suspended when other teams have not suspended... it’s just unfortunate,” said Lawson.
Styles says there is no timeline as to when extracurricular activities will start back up. He says his primary focus is helping students gear into remote learning, which officially starts August 17.