Dulaney athletes treated unfairly
I just read your article about how the heat closures are affecting athletics in Baltimore and Baltimore County (“Heat wipes out Friday games for all city, some county schools,” Sept. 8). There is an important fact that has yet to be reported: the Baltimore County heat closure policy does not require cancellation of afterschool activities, practices or games when schools without air conditioning are closed due to heat. That decision is occurring solely at the discretion of Superintendent Dallas Dance and, frankly, makes no sense whatsoever.
On Thursday, Dulaney High School had 13 teams whose practices were canceled, five whose games were canceled (some at schools with air conditioning and some outside the county) and yet 21 other county high schools held practices and competed in the very heat that shut Dulaney’s athletics down.
Practices do not occur in air conditioning, and forbidding schools without AC to carry on with after-school outdoor practices only puts student athletes from these schools at an even greater disadvantage. Now, these kids have fewer days to practice and compete, which puts them at higher risk of injury and makes it even more difficult for them to achieve their athletic goals for the season.
Mr. Dance has refused to respond to countless inquiries by parents, students, coaches and administrators. His own office of athletics and the Baltimore County Board of Education do not agree with this decision. All he has to do is what the heat closure policy allows him to do — close the unsafe, hot school buildings but allow the outdoor activities to carry on, the same as the other 21high schools with air conditioning are permitted to do.