Another early dismissal for Springfield schools due to heat

Hampden County

Temperatures went into the 90s again Wednesday in western Massachusetts. 

Wednesday was the second day in a row and fourth time this school year Springfield public schools had an early dismissal because of the heat. All 60 Springfield schools in the district were dismissed early.

Commerce High School students were walking out of school just after 11:00 a.m.

Springfield schools spokeswoman Azell Cavaan told 22News temperatures have become dangerously high inside many of their buildings that lack air conditioning.

Fernando Garcia of Springfield told 22News, “The equipment doesn’t cost that much. They could put it in each classroom or find a way to make it a little cooler in there for the kids.”

Cavaan told 22News only one-third of their schools have air conditioning.

Cavaan said Wednesday counts as a full day of school despite the early dismissal, and they will not add any extra days at the end of the school year.

Springfield, Chicopee, and Agawam schools have scheduled early dismissals for Thursday due to the heat.

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