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Several Northeast Ohio schools dismiss early due to heat

Published: Aug. 24, 2021 at 1:18 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 24, 2021 at 6:15 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Tuesday’s high temperatures are keeping many students out of school.

Alberto Correa is the parent of three CMSD students. He’s concerned for his children, especially his daughter because temperatures are predicted to reach 100 degrees.

“She has allergies and it’s kind of rough for her not having no AC all day,” said Correa.

CMSD dismissed students two hours early because their buildings don’t have the equipment to keep students cool while also requiring them to wear masks.

“They’re going to be more susceptible to heat exhaustion, just like the elderly,” Dr. Kenneth Remy with University Hospitals said in an interview with 19 News.

“It’s not really comfortable when you have to leave work and come pick them up. It screws all your day up,” said Correa.

Tina Frisch, who’s grandson Deion attends Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Old Brooklyn, is glad to see him return home.

“Yesterday he said it was so hot he couldn’t stand it,” she said, “glad to get out of there, I know.”

Parma City Schools, Willoughby Eastlake Schools, and Avon Lake Schools canceled school on Tuesday.

Avon Lake schools even canceled classes for Wednesday as well.

“I think school is supposed to be about fun and learning,” said Correa. “But when it’s so uncomfortable to be in school with the heat, I don’t know, maybe online was better.”

DR. Remy said parents should prepare to care for their kids as they return home from school.

“They need to stay hydrated…they need to stay cool and dress for the weather…[and] schools should just be aware on their property where there would be shade or a cooler environment,” he said.

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