Stamford Superintendent of Schools Winifred Hamilton cancelled all public school outdoor activities on Friday due to the situation in Boston concerning bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Hamilton said her action was taken directly in response to a train being stopped and boarded by police in Norwalk as part of the manhunt.
In all, eight games involving Stamford High and Westhill were postponed. Included were scheduled games between Stamford and Trinity Catholic in baseball and softball.
“I think this is basically just precautionary,” Hamilton said. “There have been alerts in the area and even out of town. I think it is always better to be safe and this is a good opportunity to practice what we might do in a real emergency.”
Hamilton said that lower school recess periods were moved indoors. Westhill softball coach Tom Pia said he was told he could practice, but it had to be inside the gymnasium with all doors closed.
“In light of what is happening around us we had to reassess after-school activities,” Hamilton said. “Luckily on Friday there was not a lot of activities at the middle and elementary schools.”
Stamford athletic director Jim Moriarty said baseball games against Trinity Catholic on all three levels, as well as the varsity softball game, were rescheduled for Tuesday.
“It’s unfortunate that a situation like this exists, but the powers that be in the city of Stamford are always first and foremost interested in the safety at the schools,” Moriarty said.
Westhill athletic director Mike King said that varsity baseball and softball games against Bassick, the freshmen baseball game and a varsity girls lacrosse contest with Brien McMahon would all be moved to a later date.
McMahon athletic director Joe Madaffari said he unilaterally postponed all of his teams’ games because of the situation. The school’s baseball game at New Canaan was played, Madaffari said, because the team’s bus for a noon game had already departed before he made his decision. All Norwalk High games will be played as scheduled.
Trinity Catholic Tracy Nichols said no additional changes were made to his teams’ schedules because all games were scheduled against Stamford.