Balto. Co. public schools dismissing early Wednesday due to heat

May 31, 2011|By Baltimore Sun staff

With highs in the mid-90s forecast for yet another day, Baltimore County public schools announced they will close schools three hours early on Wednesday with no afternoon pre-kindergarten.

With the exception of graduation ceremonies for Battle Monument School, Catonsville High, Patapsco High and Pikesville High, all afternoon and evening activities will be cancelled, the district said. Graduation ceremonies for the four schools shall continue as scheduled.

Baltimore city public schools will not decide until Wednesday morning if there will be an early dismissal or other schedule changes. Anne Arundel schools plan to be open tomorrow, the district said.

A heat advisory is in effect for the region until 8 p.m. Tuesday. Wednesday's high is expected to be 96 with chance of afternoon rain and thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service.

On Tuesday, Baltimore city public schools dismissed early, operating on a half-day schedule, and Baltimore County public schools dismissed three hours early.

Half-day afternoon pre-kindergarten was canceled in the city, according to the system. All field trips and after-school activities were to go on as scheduled, however. In Baltimore County, afternoon pre-kindergarten and all afternoon school activities were canceled.

Graduation exercises for Franklin High School, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, and Randallstown High School were to proceed as scheduled, county school officials said.

Tuesday's heat Index, combining the effects of temperature and humidity, was forecast to be between 100 and 105 degrees. The city health department has declared a Code Red heat alert for Tuesday, and officials were opening cooling centers and reaching out to vulnerable populations.

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