Marlborough Schools Impose Sports Curfew
The Marlborough School District has imposed a 6 p.m. curfew for sports.
In an effort to reduce the exposure of athletes to mosquito-borne illness, the Marlborough School District has imposed a 6 p.m. curfew for all outdoor athletic activities.
"The health and safety of our students, coaches and families is our number one priority," said Marlborough Interim Superintendent Stephen Dlott. "By having everyone leave the fields at 6 p.m., we are minimizing the risk of people at athletic practices and events coming in contact with mosquitoes."
The decision was made in collaboration with the City of Marlborough to reduce the potential for exposure to mosquitoes that may carry the West Nile Virus (WNV) as well as Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). The city has begun spraying at city parks and fields.
The decision has resulted in many games having to be rescheduled, including last friday's football game. Marlborough Athletic Director Jeff Rudzinsky said the curfew is consistent with other communities. When playing towns with different curfews, the home team's curfew will be followed.
District officials are encouraging parents to make sure student athletes are picked up promptly after games or practices to further minimize exposure.