MIDDLETOWN, NJ - It's a rivalry that usually brings together two highly competitive high schools; Middletown North and Middletown South, lined up in competition against each other. Yet COVID-19 has given them a different and shared mission - to be able to graduate, and not virtually, with each other. So, they are joining to protest the Superintendent's path on graduation.
The protest will be held on Monday, June 1st, outside the Board of Education building from 9-11AM. Students are asked to wear masks and use socially distancing at the protest.
Gov. Phil Murphy said that high schools can hold outdoor graduations starting July 6, but must follow capacity limits of 25. The students are requesting to graduate together, to have one more opportunity to see one another.
Middletown Township School District Superintendent William O. George stated his case in a May 30 letter to students and parents:
“We understand very well that this has been an emotional roller coaster for our graduates and their families. We all want to provide the best experience for our graduates as they end their K-12 school experience. We also want to provide some certainty and closure for them as they look toward new beginnings. We believe our graduation plans provide both while meeting the requirements of the state and protecting the health and safety of our community.”