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Middletown Board of Ed votes to allow some fall sports to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — Middletown’s Board of Education got together Tuesday to talk about the future of school sports.

Until Tuesday, all fall sports are postponed for the season. School officials hosted a virtual meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. to discuss how to proceed in the age of coronavirus.

Around 10 p.m. News 8 learned that the Board voted to allow some fall sports to take place this season:

  • Volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Swim and dive
  • Cross Country
  • Cheerleading

The Board voted to follow DPH guidelines. Football and dance will only be allowed to practice conditioning at this point, not compete.

Some student-athletes are disappointed by the set-back and are hoping the Board will give them a chance to play soon.

Parents and coaches weighed in Tuesday at the meeting, asking the Board to consider the social and emotional benefits playing a sport has for students.

“There’s a huge social aspect in participating in the athletic teams,” said Jennifer Tortora, a parent of a student swimmer. “And the students all understand that that cannot happen this year. So what is going on is they’re setting aside their handouts and social things because they know in order to do their sport they need to be safe…I think we are all apprehensive about winter, to it would be great if all student-athletes had a chance to get out, play, compete, have some really good productive time.”

Another concern, playing sports elsewhere.

“We’ve already seen so much,” said Trevor Charles, coach of girls and boys swimming at Middletown High School, “so they’re gonna play. So we should provide a free, equitable opportunity for them to play for high school and keep them in the environment in which they want them to invest in…With so many things that are inequitable, taking away sports would further that inequity in the sense that students who can pay to play are going to do that.”

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