Several communities cancel after school programs

Bridgeport, Shelton, Monroe and Oxford school districts have canceled after school activities following the Newtown tragedy.

A gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School Friday morning and killed 26 people, including 20 children. School districts across the region reacted to the news, some locked down and others reported working with police and counselors. Many decided to cancel after school programs.

“I am writing to inform you that in light of the tragedy in Newtown, all after-school activities including Lighthouse and any athletic events will be cancelled,” Bridgeport Superintendent Paul Vallas wrote on the district’s website. Bridgeport also notified parents via phone calls.

Vallas said the Central and Stamford high school basketball was still tentatively on pending discussions with Stamford.

Shelton also canceled after school events as did Monroe and Oxford.

In Stratford, the school posted an update on its website alerting parents that extra precautions were being taken and that counselors were being made available to those who needed to talk about the tragedy.

Rob Varnon