Change sought in policy of emergency field closures

The County Council last week sent a letter to Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Joe Hairston asking him to change a policy that closes school athletic fields from use during school emergency closures — even if the emergencies don't affect the fields.

In a letter to Hairston sent March 20, the council pointed to the days after Hurricane Irene, when the lack of power forced the cancellation of school for a week.

"Even though the fields were free of debris, all outside activities were forced to stop because of this superintendent's rule," said the letter, which was signed by all seven members of the council.

"We ask that the policy regarding recreational activities be modified to allow for use of the fields unless a determination is made that there are public safety risks," the council wrote.

Fifth District council member David Marks said the issue came to him through a Perry Hall Recreation Council coach.

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