Baltimore City and Baltimore County Schools have yet, again, closed some schools for the second day in a row due to excessive heat in the area.
Baltimore City Schools officials have decided that more than 70 plus schools without air conditioning will close 3 hours early on Wednesday due to the extreme weather.
According to school officials, out of those schools, six of them are under air conditioning systems repair. Those following schools are Armistead Gardens, Calvin Rodwell, Dallas Nicholas, Dr. Martin Luther King, Excel Academy, and Margaret Brent.
On Tuesday, the Baltimore Teachers Union President, Marietta English, released the following statement in regards to 10 schools closing and over 60 released early due to extreme heat:
“The fact that more than 60 of our schools are operating without air conditioning indicates how dire the need is for increased funding for our schools. No child, or educator, should have to try to learn in a classroom that’s extremely hot. This places a huge damper on the learning environment.”
Baltimore County Public Schools closed ten schools because of lack of air conditioning. Here are the following schools and centers that will be closed on Wednesday, September 5:
- Dulaney High School
- Lansdowne High School
- Patapsco Center for the Arts
- Woodlawn High School
- Bedford Elementary School
- Berkshire Elementary School
- Colgate Elementary School
- Dundalk Elementary School
- Campfield Early Learning Center
- Catonsville Center for Alternative Studies
Officials say all other schools and centers will open on time.
Baltimore has some of the state's oldest school buildings and many have dealt with aging infrastructure over the years. That's why groups have come together to create the 21st Century School Buildings program.
The one billion dollar initiative will open five newly built or renovated buildings this school year. 21st Century Schools look to provide school environments that will support teaching and learning to prepare students for college and career success.
— Erick Ferris (@erick_ferris) September 4, 2018
The five buildings part of the program are Forest Park High School, Pimlico Elementary/Middle, Arundel Elementary/Middle, Cherry Hill Elementary/Middle, and the Robert Poole Building.
The 21st Century School Buildings program will eventually bring as many as 28 modernized schools to the area.