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With a few adjustments, weekend games to go on at Baltimore County's 7 non-AC high schools

Josh Turner and Aaron Webb ran a captains' practice for the Franklin High School football team Monday. There were no classes for schools without air conditioning, so no official practice could be held. (Katherine Dunn/Baltimore Sun video)

After missing two of the first three days of school -- and practice afterward -- student-athletes in the seven non-air conditioned Baltimore County high schools have been back in class and on the field since Tuesday, so there will be few changes to the weekend athletic schedule.

Woodlawn has moved its home football game vs. Douglass from Friday night to Saturday at 1 p.m. Lansdowne has postponed boys and girls soccer games until Oct. 14.

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In switch unrelated to the AC issue, Dulaney's Saturday football game has moved to Bel Air at 7 p.m. because there's no power at Dulaney's stadium.

Otherwise, all sports are expected to go on as planned.

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In addition to Woodlawn and Lansdowne, Franklin, Dulaney, Kenwood, Overlea and Patapsco high schools were closed Friday and Monday because of a new policy that forced the 37 schools in Baltimore County without air conditioning to close if the heat index was predicted to be 90 degrees or higher.

Those schools that closed also canceled practice, something that upset coaches and athletes because other teams just a few miles away were able to practice. Some teams practiced or scrimmaged Saturday, but other teams were off the field from Friday through Monday.

Tuesday, students returned to those schools and at Tuesday night's Baltimore County Board of Education meeting, the policy was adjusted. Now schools will remain open unless the heat index is expected to reach 90 degrees by 11 a.m.

Earlier in the week, athletics officials were concerned that schools could be closed Tuesday and today, forcing them to postpone or cancel events on Friday, the first play date for public schools, and Saturday, because of the risk of injury from lack of practice.

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With school back on track, all sports, including the other five football games will go on as scheduled:

- Kenwood at Dundalk, Friday, 6 p.m.

- Lansdowne at Chesapeake-AA, Friday, 6:30 p.m.

- McDonogh at Franklin, Friday, 7 p.m.

- Catonsville at Patapsco, Saturday, 1 p.m.

- Western Tech at Overlea, Saturday, 1 p.m.

In addition, Patapsco athletic director Chris McGuinness, who said he might have had to drop a few varsity and junior varsity sports because coaches use the first few days of school to recruit enough student-athletes, is hopeful he can field all of those teams. He said cross country, badminton and JV field hockey look good, but JV girls soccer is still borderline.

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