TOWSON, Md. — Several Baltimore County Public Schools let out three hours early Monday due to extreme heat and lack of air conditioning.
All afternoon and evening activities at the following schools were also canceled.
-Seneca Elementary School, located at 545 Carrollwood Road, Baltimore, MD 21220
-Prettyboy Elementary School, located at 19810 Middletown Road, Freeland, MD 21053
-Owings Mills Elementary School, located at 10824 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117
-Towson High School, located at 69 Cedar Avenue, Towson, MD 21286
-Sparks Elementary School, located at 601 Belfast Road, Sparks, MD 21152
Additionally, General John Stricker Middle School on Trappe Road will be closing at noon due to a power outage.
The heat also forced several Baltimore City Schools to dismiss early Monday.
All county schools in question do have air conditioning, according to BCPS spokesperson Charles Herndon.
He attributed the early closings to, "AC systems working harder than they would on a cooler day."
"Several of the closings for instance, occurred because the AC was cooling the buildings but wasn’t able to keep them cool enough," Herndon continued.
He added that the school system is working to fix the issue.
Although high temperatures are expected to continue through tomorrow, Herndon said he expects schools to reopen.
"All schools will be operating normally tomorrow unless we encounter a problem that would preclude opening normally tomorrow, in which case we’ll let everyone know that."