Baltimore City and County Schools Closing Early For Heat

Baltimore City and County Schools Closing Early For Heat

TempsWedAMWednesday, September 9: With another day of high temperatures, Baltimore City has joined Baltimore County Public Schools closing early. Today is warmer and more humid, making for even higher heat index numbers. Basically it is even less comfortable than Tuesday was when the ‘county’ was the only district to make a weather related dismissal. . Compare the numbers from BWI Airport at 10 AM when factored into conditions:

Tuesday 9/8:

Temperature = 82F; Dew Point= 68F; HEAT INDEX= 85F

Wednesday 9/9

 84F; Dew Point= 72F; HEAT INDEX= 90F

*It feels 5 degrees warmer than yesterday*

Note: These are the two oldest infrastructures in Maryland, so there are many schools that do not have central air conditioning, let alone window units. Much of the rest of the state has been upgraded with climate control systems to accommodate most if not all of their schools.

Baltimore City Message:

EARLY CLOSING: Due to heat, all schools will close 2 hours early on September 9; after-school activities are canceled

Baltimore County Message:

Due to the forecasted extreme temperatures and the relative humidity expected in many of our schools, Baltimore County Public Schools will dismiss all schools two hours early today, Wednesday, September 9, 2015. All evening and afterschool activities are cancelled.

*Note: You can see the updated temperature map shown here on my home page (from desktop only now). Use the map controls to display temperatures. 

See the forecast for rain and heat relief here.

Forecast Temperature and Heat Index (slider–>)

 

Thoughts:

I’ve been in many schools on hot days with no air conditioning. It is not comfortable! Definitely difficult for teachers to instruct and kids to focus. Is that a product of our society accustomed to a controlled environment and not dealing with conditions like decades long ago?  Or are the schools just that poorly designed for hot weather?

I really am more curious,  wondering about collaboration among the counties. I know many discuss winter weather conditions, or at least look to see what nearby districts are doing.

What do you think? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

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