Rising temps outside and lack of resources inside keeping kids out of school

Posted at 11:22 PM, Sep 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-05 09:18:52-04

Kids in Baltimore City and Baltimore County are feeling the effects of the heat.

More than 60 schools in the city will dismiss early on Wednesday and ten in the county will be closed because of a lack of air conditioning.

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As the parents and kids continue to wait for the green light to learn without risking their health-- city school leaders sending out a message.

In a statement from Baltimore City Schools, they said they have the most outdated building portfolio in the state that needs $3 billion to fix.

Part of that money for around 60 buildings without working air conditioning.

The statement reads that there is a five-year plan in place to put air conditioning in all the buildings in the district.

A plan that doesn’t help the already too hot to start 2018.

“They had a whole summer to put air conditioning in school,” said Andrew Coleman a Sophomore at Baltimore City College. “They were here working on stuff and not putting air conditioning in schools and that’s pretty bad. When the teacher is saying you might have a half day for the whole week that’s bad.”

Under district guidelines city schools with interior temperatures of 85 degrees or higher must close.

Schools without air conditioning can't be open if the outside heat index reaches 100 degrees by 10:30 in the morning.

When schools close early all students will get lunch before being dismissed and recreation centers will be opened for the students.

“Us students deserve to be invested in not through vouchers but through our public schools,” said Olivia Koulish a Baltimore City College Sophomore.

Thousands of parents, children. and teachers being held hostage by the rising temperatures outside and the lack of resource inside.

A full list of Baltimore City Public Schools that will be closing three hours early (and their adjusted dismissal time), is listed below:

  • Achievement Academy at Harbor City High School (12:20)
  • Afya Public Charter School (12:05)
  • ArmisteadGardens Elementary/Middle School
  • Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts (12:05)
  • Baltimore CIty College (11:40)
  • Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School (12:30)
  • Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (12:05)
  • Banneker Blake Academy of Arts and Sciences (1:30)
  • Bay-Brook Elementary/Middle School (1:10)
  • Belmont Elementary School (11:25)
  • Benjamin Franklin High School at Masonville Cove (11:50)
  • Bluford Jemison Drew STEM Academy West (11:50)
  • Booker T. Washington Middle School (12:35)
  • Brehms Lane Public Charter School (11:55)
  • Calverton Elementary/Middle School (12:40)
  • Rodwell Calvin M. Elementary/Middle School (11:25) 
  • City Springs Elementary/Middle School (12:10)
  • Collington Square Elementary/Middle School (12:25)
  • Cross Country Elementary/Middle School (12:40)
  • Curtis Bay Elementary/Middle School (11:25)
  • Dallas F. Nicholas, Sr., Elementary School
  • Dickey Hill Elementary/Middle School (11:25)
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Elementary/Middle School (11:40)
  • Edgecombe Circle Elementary School (11:25)
  • Edgewood Elementary School (11:40)
  • Edmondson-Westside High School (12:05)
  • Empowerment Academy (11:35)
  • Marshburn-Eutaw Elementary School (11:40)
  • Excel Academy
  • Franklin Square Elementary/Middle School (11:40)
  • Frederick Douglass High School (11:50)
  • Elementary School (11:25)Furley
  • Furman Templeton Preparatory Academy (11:25)
  • Gilmor Elementary School (11:40)
  • Govans Elementary School (11:25)
  • Graceland Park/O'Donnell Heights Elementary/Middle School (11:25)
  • Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School (11:40)
  • Hazelwood Elementary/Middle School (11:40)
  • Hilton Elementary School (11:25)
  • The Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary School (11:40)
  • Elementary/Middle School (12:40)Holabird
  • Johnston Square Elementary School (11:40) 
  • Lakewood Elementary School (11:40)
  • Margaret Brent Elementary/Middle School 
  • Mary E. Rodman Elementary School (12:00)
  • Matthew A. Henson Elementary School (11:40)
  • Medfield Heights Elementary School (11:25) 
  • Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School (12:05)
  • Montebello Elementary School (11:25)
  • Moravia Park Elementary School (12:40)
  • Mount Royal Elementary/Middle School (11:40)
  • National Academy Foundation (12:05)
  • New Era Academy (12:20)
  • Northwood Appoid Community Academy (11:45)
  • Northwood Elementary School (11:25)
  • Patterson High School (12:35)
  • Reginald F. Lewis High School (11:50)
  • Renaissance Academy (11:50)
  • Roots and Branches School (12:35)
  • Rosemont Elementary/Middle School (11:50)
  • Southwest Baltimore Charter School (12:00)
  • Success Academy (12:20)
  • Thomas Jefferson Elementary/Middle School (11:40)
  • Vanguard Collegiate Middle School (11:40)
  • Western High School (12:05)
  • William S. Baer School (12:50) 
  • Windsor Hills Elementary/Middle School (11:25)
  • Yorkwood Elementary School (11:25)