When young fans plan on attending an extracurricular activity at Geneseo High School they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, according to a new policy put in place by the administration at GHS.


When young fans plan on attending an extracurricular activity at Geneseo High School they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, according to a new policy put in place by the administration at GHS.

“Last year, we had a number of instances involving students who were not in high school getting injured or in trouble and no parent was around,” said GHS?principal Mike Haugse. “We had to call to get the parents or had to get the police involved to help find the parents because we couldn’t reach them. It became a real problem for our liability.

“We are trying to make sure if anything happens there is always a responsible party around.”
With the new policy in place for students in kindergarten to eighth grade, it does not mean a student can’t attend a game with his/her  friends, but there needs to be a parent or guardian in charge of the group.

To enforce the policy, Haugse said middle school and high school administrators will be at the gate checking for a parent or guardian. And if a child is dropped off without supervision they will be asked to call someone to come pick them up.

“We are not trying to be heavy handed, but we need to know there is someone responsible for a child on the property,” said Haugse.

“This won’t make our job any easier, we are just creating more work for us, but we are trying to create a caring environment and make sure if something happens we can be prepared.”

Haugse said this new policy will also improve the experience for spectators trying to watch the contests as they will not have to worry about being knocked over or injured by kids running around.

“It is a policy that doesn’t effect the vast majority of people, but we do have people drop off their kids and say, ‘See you later.’ That is not a good situation, and we need to have someone around,” said Haugse.