SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Dozens of schools made the decision to close early Monday because of the dangerous heat.
From Springfield to Shelburne Falls, from Greenfield to Ware-educators were of the same mind-send the children home early based on the oppressive conditions pointed up in the regional heat advisory.
There was a noon-hour dismissal at the Edward P. Boland elementary school in Springfield. Middle schoolers were let out 30 minutes earlier, high schoolers were allowed to go home at 11 a.m.
A grandparent from Agawam is in full accord with the decision to shorten the school day.
“These poor kids, some don’t even have short sleeves, they’re still coming in with long sleeves, just hot, it’s hot,” said Anna Rondo.
But one Springfield parent 22News spoke with referred back to her school days when students stayed the course regardless of how hot it became.
“The heat wave-back when we went, we had to go to school,” said Marcella Slicer.
Regardless, school officials in numerous communities throughout the region were of a like mind, deciding their schools would operate for just a half day-as students were send home on a smooth running staggered schedule.
Some schools in these districts are without air conditioning.