Some schools close early due to heat
September 26, 2017 12:51 PM
Three schools in the Capital Region dismissed early on Tuesday because of the heat. They are Cairo-Durham, Columbia Christian and Hudson.
NewsChannel 13 talked to Principal Steven Spicer at John L. Edwards Elementary School, a pre-K through 1st grade school in Hudson. He's one year from retirement and he says in all his years in education, he can't remember an early dismissal because of heat. However, he agrees with the decision to close.
Around 300 or so kids climbed onto the busses and headed for home just before noon.
The school does not have air conditioning. Spicer says it was very hot on the second floor Monday. The heat index was in the 90s and even during recess, kids were dragging.
"They were walking around on that playground dragging themselves around, because they couldn’t move, they couldn’t run. At this age level, we’re 4, 5, 6 and 7 [years old], they’re mostly inarticulate about very scientific things like this. So they let us know that they’re hot, they’re beat, they’re done, just by the way they behave," noted Spicer.
The middle school and high school also dismissed at 11:30. The school district doesn't own the buses, so it's all or nothing. They either dismiss everybody or nobody. The superintendent said she was comfortable with her decision.
Updated: September 26, 2017 12:51 PM
Created: September 26, 2017 12:48 PM
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