School officials concerned after Milton residents report large party with high school-aged crowd

Adella Miesner

Another large party involving high school-aged students is threatening to derail a school district’s plans to keep kids in class part-time during the COVID-19 pandemic. Witnesses in Milton reported seeing 50 to 100 kids partying Friday night in a neighborhood on the Milton-Quincy line, near Presidents Golf Course. “To hear […]

Another large party involving high school-aged students is threatening to derail a school district’s plans to keep kids in class part-time during the COVID-19 pandemic. Witnesses in Milton reported seeing 50 to 100 kids partying Friday night in a neighborhood on the Milton-Quincy line, near Presidents Golf Course. “To hear that parents and guardians were dropping their children off to go up to this place to party or to, you know, convene in large gatherings is very disappointing,” said high school principal and interim superintendent James Jette.Parties have recently forced two other school districts to change their back-to-school plans. “We saw it in Dedham, we saw it in Sudbury. We were trying to be proactive and get ahead of the curve, so it’s very disappointing because this jeopardizes our opportunity to remain in hybrid and ultimately — trying to be optimistic — move to full, in-person learning,” said Jette. Milton opened the school year on Sept. 16, offering families a choice between an every-other-day hybrid model and fully remote learning. Milton has approximately 4,400 students in four elementary schools, one middle school and one high school.Officials report that 375 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the town to-date. Jette hopes some of the teens who attended the party will come forward for testing. He also plans to bring the issue to the school board and the board of health to determine whether any changes to the district’s plan are necessary.

Another large party involving high school-aged students is threatening to derail a school district’s plans to keep kids in class part-time during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Witnesses in Milton reported seeing 50 to 100 kids partying Friday night in a neighborhood on the Milton-Quincy line, near Presidents Golf Course.

“To hear that parents and guardians were dropping their children off to go up to this place to party or to, you know, convene in large gatherings is very disappointing,” said high school principal and interim superintendent James Jette.

Parties have recently forced two other school districts to change their back-to-school plans.

“We saw it in Dedham, we saw it in Sudbury. We were trying to be proactive and get ahead of the curve, so it’s very disappointing because this jeopardizes our opportunity to remain in hybrid and ultimately — trying to be optimistic — move to full, in-person learning,” said Jette.

Milton opened the school year on Sept. 16, offering families a choice between an every-other-day hybrid model and fully remote learning.

Milton has approximately 4,400 students in four elementary schools, one middle school and one high school.

Officials report that 375 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the town to-date.

Jette hopes some of the teens who attended the party will come forward for testing. He also plans to bring the issue to the school board and the board of health to determine whether any changes to the district’s plan are necessary.

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