To Our Middletown Community-
Middletown Public Schools is committed to the safety and security of our players and fans at all school sponsored athletic events. In order to reach this goal, we must revisit procedures and protocols that ensure the safety of individuals of all ages.
During the September 16, 2022 MHS football game held at Gaudet Field, some student fans were not adhering to the expected code of conduct. Many students were loitering on the lacrosse fields, in the baseball dugouts, and behind the bleachers. An initial disorderly incident involved a few middle school students and was defused by personnel and parents. To follow, Middletown Police were called to the scene for a disturbance between Middletown High School students; it was quickly resolved and there was no further incident.
When incidents such as these occur, stories can escalate and spread throughout our community. We have been working in coordination with the Middletown Police and Middletown Public Schools Administration to sort through all concerns and create a tighter plan moving forward.
We are accessing new and added safety measures. One that we will implement immediately is that all elementary and middle school aged students attending athletic events must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who will be responsible for the students at all times for the duration of the event. Unaccompanied elementary and middle school students will be turned away upon entry if there is no adult responsible entering the event. We ask that you support our efforts to ensure that all students and spectators are able to enjoy all Middletown Public School events.
Any student breaking the code of conduct at a district event may face disciplinary action upon returning to their school. In addition, we will be working with the Middletown Police Department to review all safety protocols at school sponsored events.
We will keep you updated as we develop additional safety protocols. We look forward to future athletic events where Islander fans are able to attend and enjoy the game.
Rosemaire Kraeger, Superintendent