Heat may cause early dismissals for some schools

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SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Some kids are sweating out their first week of school as many districts across Connecticut do not have air conditioning.

All eight of Southington’s elementary schools are coping with the heat. Aalinah Grant went to the Derynoski Elementary school for kindergarten. She now attends a different school because her family moved, but her mother does not forget how hot the hallways got at the end of the school year.

“It’s too hot for them to do anything,” said Grant’s mother.

That’s why the Superintendent of Southington Public Schools, Tim Connellan, says he wanted to be proactive and sent out an email to parents saying they’re monitoring the heat. If they need to, they are considering early dismissals.

“It’s going to be a day-by-day situation for us. We’ll see,” said Connellan.

They’ve brought in industrial fans, are limiting time on the second floor, and sharing the few air conditioned spaces in the school.

“They’re going to rotate students through and also limit some recess activities,” said Connellan. “I’ve had some parents tell me their children don’t react well to heat. We try to monitor that. We know our school nurses are on top of it.”

Even with the air conditioning in New Haven, school leaders are still giving a reminder.

“Parents should make sure students dress lightly, drink plenty of water, and eat breakfast; all those kinds of things to make sure kids are ready in any condition, particularly when it’s hot,” said New Haven’s Public Schools Superintendent Garth Harries.

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