City schools close, others cancel Baltimore field trips, citing violence

Liz Bowie
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun
Baltimore region school systems cancel city field trips.

Baltimore public schools will be closed Tuesday after rioting broke out Monday across the city, and suburban school districts canceled field trips into the city over the next week.

All Catholic schools in Baltimore City also were closed Tuesday, with the exception of School of the Cathedral, the archdiocese announced.

Citing the potential for continued disruption and violence, Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Harford counties called off or postponed activities that would have taken their students into the city, including proms and field trips.

They cited unrest in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray, who died a week after sustaining spinal cord and other injuries while in police custody.

"While we hope that the demonstrations remain civil and peaceful, I feel it is in the best interests of our students, staff and parents to keep them away from any potential disturbances," Anne Arundel County Superintendent George Arlotto said.

In Anne Arundel, the move affects about 40 field trips planned for grades kindergarten through 12th grade through Sunday.

Baltimore County sent an alert to staff Monday afternoon saying that field trips are canceled or postponed through this week, and possibly longer.

Harford County officials said in a statement that they have canceled trips through Friday, and are continuing to monitor events.

liz.bowie@baltsun.com

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