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Parents and teachers inflamed about Baltimore County schools' heat closure policy

Posted at 12:08 PM, Sep 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-01 12:08:41-04

Parents and teachers are filing complaints about the Baltimore County's revised heat closure policy.

On Tuesday, the Baltimore County school board changed its policy. Previously, the day's forecasted heat index had to hit 90 degrees at any point during the day before non-air-conditioned schools could close.

Now, the forecast must call for 90 degree temperatures by 11 a.m., according to the new policy.

They say the policy isn’t realistic.

Concerns are heightened when classroom temperatures climb to 100 degrees or more.

A teacher sent in a picture of a thermometer reading inside Dundalk Elementary School showing the feel-like temperature at 104 degrees at 10:45a.m. Wednesday.

Under the new policy, parents are still allowed to keep their kids home if the heat index is supposed to reach 90 degrees by 3 p.m. 

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