- The Washington Times - Friday, October 11, 2002

Most school systems in the region have canceled extracurricular activities, such as dances and football games, this weekend because of the sniper attacks on nine persons in the District, Maryland and Virginia since Oct. 2.

School officials in the three jurisdictions have maintained a high state of security at schools not allowing children to go outside for recess, sports practices and other activities since last week when five persons in Montgomery County and one in the District were fatally shot. A seventh person was shot and killed in Virginia on Wednesday night.

• Montgomery County public schools yesterday canceled all outdoor activities, but as of yesterday afternoon had made no decision about whether to cancel weekend football games, said spokesperson Penny King. Further cancellations will be made on a daily basis.

Superintendent Jerry D. Weast sent a letter to school system staff, students and parents yesterday saying indoor activities would continue as usual, but all outdoor activities, including football practices, were canceled yesterday.

"A return to normal operations is our school system's goal," he said in the letter.

"For this reason, we have resumed all indoor after-school and evening student and community activities today, but no outdoor activities at schools for students and the public. We will continue to make decisions on these activities on a daily basis in response to unfolding events. "

• D.C. public school officials have canceled field trips, outdoor activities and after-school interscholastic sports, but indoor practices are allowed. School officials will decide today whether to allow weekend activities, including sports and academic activities.

• Prince George's County schools have canceled all after-school and evening activities for students. Football practice will be held indoors today and outside on Saturday. Regularly scheduled football games will be held on Monday.

One of the sniper's victims, a 13-year-old boy, was shot on Monday outside Benjamin Tasker Middle School in Bowie in Prince George's County. The unidentified boy was shot once in the chest and is listed in critical, but stable, condition at Children's Hospital in the District.

• Fairfax County schools canceled all outdoor activities, including interscholastic games and practices. Recess is moved indoors or canceled, and field trips within the Washington metropolitan area are canceled until Tuesday when the situation will be reassessed. SAT testing, indoor practices, dances and craft fairs will be held.

• Arlington public schools suspended all outdoor activities through Monday evening. Canceled activities include: all outdoor school-day activities, recesses and field trips; all after-school outdoor activities, practices and athletic events, and all weekend outdoor games and activities scheduled for tonight and tomorrow.

• Prince William County Superintendent of Schools Edward L. Kelly announced the cancellation of outside and after-school activites, both indoors and outdoors, through today. Football games and all field trips in the metropolitan area, including Prince William County, are canceled through Sunday. SAT testing will continue as scheduled at Osbourn Park and Hylton high schools.

The Wednesday-night fatal shooting of a 53-year-old Gaithersburg man occurred at a Manassas gas station.

• Alexandria City public schools have canceled all outdoor activities, including recess, physical education classes, and sports practices, for the remainder of the week. Sports practices and athletic events can be held indoors. All field trips have been canceled for the week. The Alexandria Police Department will continue patrolling around schools especially during arrival and dismissal times. Cancellations include all football games scheduled this weekend.

• The Archdiocese of Washington, which oversees Catholic schools and Catholic Youth Organizations in the District,and Montgomery, Prince George's, Charles, Calvert and St. Mary's counties, announced that Catholic schools will follow the opening and operation guidelines of their local public school jurisdiction, as they do during weather emergencies.

Catholic schools in the District will follow Prince George's County schools' guidelines.

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