Hot weather impacting snow days in Holyoke

Hampden County

Kids getting ready to go back to school this week said they are prepared for the hot weather. 

“I have a whole bunch of water bottles so I’m going to bring one filled with ice and one with water so I can refill it,” said Chicopee 5th grader Mariah Diaz. 

Holyoke Public Schools pushed back the first day of school from Tuesday, August 28 to Thursday, August 30 because of the heat and humidity. 

“I think it’s great because it’s so hot,” said Samantha Williams of South hadley. 

Head of Holyoke Public Schools Dr. Stephen Zrike told 22News that the delay will affect snow days, however, the district starts the year with a calendar that already has five snow days built into it. This is because it’s a state mandate that students have to be in school for 180 days for it to be counted as a full year.

But what isn’t mandated is A/C in schools.

“Some of the schools, they don’t even provide A/C,” commented Devin Duarte of Ludlow. 

West Springfield High School is a new school. Superintendent Michael Richard said there is air conditioning in a few parts, but there are no laws saying there needs to be A/C in schools, so West Springfield High instead has de-humidified air circulating throughout. 

West Springfield’s first day of school – along with Holyoke’s – will be Thursday.

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