How hot is too hot for school?

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The temperature is soaring into the 90s and some schools in the Midstate aren’t equipped with air conditioning, which means students and teachers are left sweltering in the heat.

That includes the Central Dauphin School District, where temperatures inside the classroom are reaching 90 degrees and higher.

In Pennsylvania, there is no requirement or guideline dictated by the Department of Education that tells a district when to release students early or close school because of high temperatures. Instead, it’s up to the districts to make the call.

So far, CD has opted to stay open. District leaders told ABC27 they monitor the temperature and try to arrange for students to rotate in and out of air-conditioned common areas. Additionally, they allow teachers to keep doors open and bring in fans.

That’s not enough to convince some parents that kids will be cool enough to learn.

“Think about it, if you’re sitting in a hot room all day, it’s got to make them tired,” Lorrin Petrole said. “I totally think that’s too hot for kids to have to go through that, sitting in a classroom at 93 degrees. They definitely need central air.”

At least one private school, Lancaster Catholic, has announced they will dismiss early Friday because of the heat. Students were also released early on Thursday.

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