Several schools closing early amid heat concerns


Another hot, humid and hazy day on tap and with this oppressive weather, schools aren’t taking any chances. Dozens are closing early across the state on Tuesday. 

All the water and fans in the world won’t keep this building cool and that goes for a lot of districts without air conditioning. 

In West Haven, Milford, Naugatuck, Waterbury, Bristol, Farmington and many other districts are letting students out early. 

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A Harvard study released in July stated that students who lived in dorms without air condition during a heat wave performed worse on a series of tests compared with students who live in air conditioned dorms. 

Also, these days many families now have that previous AC at home and in the car, so kids have not been adapted to the heat. 

News 8 spoke with Margaret Longo, a teacher in Fairfield, and she says the third floor of her building gets very hot. 

“And there is a lot more issues with allergies and kids have a lot more problems nowadays, so I think unfortunately you have to accommodate,” said Longo.

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Of course now parents have to work their schedules around early dismissals just like they do during snow days. 

Longo knows that whether it is a half day or no school at all, it is disruptive to families and employers and is a difficult day all around. 

“It is difficult for some people when they are getting out of work and they have to adjust their schedule, but unfortunately I think it has to be done, non of these kids these days grew up without air conditioning,” she said. 

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