Rioting forces Baltimore public schools to close

Rioting forces Baltimore public schools to close

Officials take action to protect the safety of students

Baltimore Public Schools have cancelled classes, and the school board has postponed its scheduled meeting Tuesday night as a result of rioting in the city that has led to many injuries and arrests.

In announcing the cancellation of classes, the district cited the safety of students and a daytime curfew that the city has imposed on youth.

On Monday, the school system issued this statement regarding the unrest in the city:

"At this time of tension and anxiety regarding the tragic events surrounding Mr. Freddie Gray, we have a heightened responsibility to our students, families, and school communities. First, the safety of our staff and students is our top concern. We are in constant contact with the Mayor’s Office, Baltimore City Police Department, and the City Health Department, and are coordinating with them to ensure we are ready to respond to situations as they arise.

"We will make crisis counselors and mental health professionals available at schools throughout the city for all of our students, and they will remain as long as it is necessary. Additionally, we have redeployed senior district staff and mobile units to assist in ensuring safe passage of our students between school buildings and bus stops. We are also communicating with each one of our school leaders around effective instructional strategies to heighten student awareness and understanding of social justice issues.

"We are deeply concerned about our students and community, and we hope to treat this situation not only as a teachable moment but also a time for thoughtful reflection on how we can reduce conflict and violence in our society. We will continue to be vigilant in our support for all of the city’s young people."

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