PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A total of 100 Philadelphia schools were released Tuesday, and the district said they will be released again Wednesday.
Philadelphia school district officials say schools lack adequate cooling systems.
All extracurricular and sporting activities at the affected schools will also be cancelled.
“It’s really hot in a lot of classrooms,” said student Savannah Mapp-Evans.
“Some classrooms have air conditioning but most don’t, so it’s difficult to stay focused because it’s so hot in there,” she continued.
Her mother, Brandi Mapp-Evans, said: “When I found out they had to come back on August 29, I thought, ‘We could end up in the same situation as in previous years where it was going to be too hot for them will have to send the children earlier.’ And that’s where we are.”
Emails and robocalls went out to families.
The school district wrote, “Please note that these decisions, which we do not make lightly, are always made with the safety of our students and staff as our top priority.”
Families worked to make other arrangements.
“I work from home. I work every day,” said William Carter, who picked up his granddaughter from Amy Northwest Middle School. “I’m not making any money by sitting here and talking to you.”
Carter said the heat was predictable and wanted the district to plan better.
Officials told Action News that the district installed 500 air conditioners in 43 different schools last year. Still, many schools don’t have adequate cooling systems to keep up with the heat.
Teachers union chairman Jerry Jordan wrote: “…we cannot and will not rest until every school community has what it needs to thrive. And YES, that means air conditioning for every building.”
“I think the school district struggled for funding for years, even when I was a district student, so they just have to put some money into our schools for these young people,” added Brandi Mapp-Evans.
All other schools and administrative offices will continue with normal school operations.
“We recognize that early discharges, particularly those the day before, can present challenges for many families. Please note that these decisions, which we do not take lightly, are always made with the safety of our students and staff as our top priority. ‘ the district said on Monday.
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