100 Philadelphia schools dismissing early Tuesday, Wednesday due to heat
Impacted schools will send students home three hours earlier than their normal dismissal times on Tuesday and Wednesday.
PHILADELPHIA - Just one day into the new academic year, the School District of Philadelphia announced early dismissals for 100 schools with insufficient cooling systems due to forecasted heat.
Impacted schools will send students home three hours earlier than their normal dismissal times on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to a report from FOX 29 Philadelphia.
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All after school activities and sports have also been canceled.
The School District of Philadelphia posted a complete list of all the schools impacted by the early dismissal on its website.
The decision to send students home early over the next two days was made in alignment with the district's Extreme Heat Protocols.
"We realize that early dismissals, especially those made the day before, can present challenges for many families," the district said. "Please know that these decisions, which we do not make lightly, are always made with the safety of our students and staff as our top priority."
Forecasters expect stifling heat and humidity to continue on Tuesday and Wednesday, with temperatures lingering in the low-to-mid 90s. The heat wave is forecasted to break on Thursday with highs in the mid-80s throughout the weekend.
According to the FOX Forecast Center, a cold front that brought damaging winds to the Great Lakes area, leaving over 600,000 without power in Michigan, will sweep into the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states Tuesday, though it's not expected to have quite as much of a punch.