Recent incidents of unsafe behavior involving middle school students during high school home football games have prompted the district to take action. To ensure the safety of all attendees and maintain an enjoyable fan experience, significant changes are being implemented.
One of the primary challenges faced by the district has been monitoring the middle school student section and enforcing stadium safety procedures. In response to these challenges, the Medford School District has decided to eliminate the middle school student section at high school football games.
Starting immediately, all K-8 students wishing to attend high school football games must be accompanied by a ticketed adult. This new policy is designed to ensure that students have proper supervision throughout the event. Once inside the stadium, K-8 students will be required to remain seated with their accompanying adult. Any student in this age group attempting to enter the stadium without an accompanying adult will be asked to call their guardian for pick-up or to be accompanied throughout the game.
In addition to these changes, the Medford School District is expanding its partnership with the Medford Police Department. There will be an increased presence of police officers at games to further enhance security and maintain a safe environment for all attendees.
The district wishes to emphasize that athletics and activities are essential components of a well-rounded school experience. They encourage students to continue attending high school football games but in a safe and celebratory manner, accompanied by an adult.