Heat forces schools to dismiss students

Students in class (Photo: Shutterstock)

(WTNH) — If you think it was hot in the classroom last week, his week Mother Nature is throwing gas on the fire. New Britain just one of more than a dozen school districts to schedule a half a day to get the kids out before the heat it too much.

Michael Benalcasar goes to middle school in New Britain. He says he’s glad he has a half day if this week is going to be worse than last week, “We have gym and it gets even worse because we have to go outside and all that stuff and then when we come inside we can’t can’t get cooler… Yep.”

The Holmes Elementary School in New Britain has dark panels that absorb the heat. The roof black tar also holds the heat inside. School officials say it just becomes overwhelming and uncomfortable and the students can’t focus in class. They are trying things like closing the shades and adding portable air conditioners, but in Middletown the superintendent Patricia Charles, says its just not working and students are complaining of headaches stomachaches and asthma issues.

“They are extremely uncomfortable even if you have a fan and we even bought portable air conditioners but there’s so many children in the classroom the air-conditioners can’t keep up,” said Charles

The superintendent has sent out notifications as early possible to give parents as much advanced notice as possible. But on this Labor Day may parents scrabbling to make arrangements for their children. Michael Benalcasar says he’s not sure what is happening when he gets off the bus.

“Are your parents going to be around to pick you up or are they working? I think they are working. So will you just go home and will there be somebody waiting there for you? My sister might be there because she goes to the University.”

For the complete list of schools with early dismissals across Connecticut, just click here.

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