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.
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 Many of their buildings have outdated heating and no air conditioning system and they are working to change that.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:
Yesterday was a hard day for many of our students and schools because of the heat. We heard you, and we agree—our students shouldn't have to lose valuable classroom time, especially on the second day, when the weather is too hot... @21stCSBaltimore Read more>> pic.twitter.com/yHmx8JLR47— Baltimore Schools (@BaltCitySchools) September 5, 2019
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.