The Cleveland Metropolitan School District closed 10 schools early on Wednesday because the heat was unbearable inside the school buildings.
Officials announced after 1 p.m. that it was too hot for students. Regular dismissal for schools was between 2:10 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Benjamin Franklin, Charles Eliot, Garret Morgan, Iowa-Maple, Louis Agassiz, Tremont Montessori, Valley View Boys Leadership Academy, William Cullen Bryant elementary schools, Collinwood, and Facing History New Tech at Charles Mooney high schools all dismissed students early.
“Most of the 10 schools that closed today did not have air conditioning units in any part of the buildings at all,” said district representative Roseann Canfora.
Parents say they received an alert by phone that told them to come pick up their children. If they couldn’t come to the schools, the students were kept at their school building until they could be safely sent home. A district representative says making sure the children ate lunch before they left played a factor in the timing of the dismissal.
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