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EARLY DISMISSAL: Baltimore City closing some schools two hours early due to heat in classrooms

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Posted at 11:52 AM, Sep 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-05 11:20:05-04

BALTIMORE — Baltimore City Schools will be dismissing some schools two hours early on September 4 due to heat.

The early dismissal only applies to schools that do not have air conditioning. All other schools will continue to have a regular day and dismiss at their regular times.

Click here to view the list of schools impacted by the dismissal

According to the city schools website, they are planning to install air-conditioning in all of their buildings as part of their 21st Century School Buildings Program. Many of their buildings have outdated heating and no air conditioning system and they are working to change that.

READ BALTIMORE CITY SCHOOLS STATEMENT BELOW:

Baltimore Teacher's Union President, Diamonte Brown, sent out the following statement in response to these closings:

Today’s announcement about Baltimore City Public Schools without air conditioning closing early due to the extreme heat does not come as a surprise. Our scholars continue to suffer academically because their instructional time is interrupted due to these extreme conditions. While the District works to find and implement a resolution for this ongoing problem, we, as a community, must continue to develop creative and innovative solutions, like the BTU fan drive, to help our educators provide our scholars with a classroom environment that is conducive for learning.

Just recently, the Baltimore Teacher's Union put a call out for members of the community to donate fans to the school system ahead of the school year.