Baltimore schools with no AC close early as temps hit 90

About 50 schools in Baltimore that lack air conditioning dismissed students early on Monday, the first day of fall, for the third time this month as temperatures hit a stifling 90 degrees.

Due to the high temperatures, about 50 schools without air conditioning were to dismiss three hours early, Baltimore City Public Schools said in a statement on Monday morning.

The school district previously announced the affected schools would dismiss three hours early on Sept. 12 and two hours early on Sept. 4, the second day of classes.

The schools are listed on the district’ website as designated for early dismissal on “extremely hot days.” Temperatures have repeatedly reached the low 90s in Baltimore this month.

In response to the third day of early dismissals, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s referred to a previous statement the governor made after the first day of early dismissals this year.

“It is outrageous and completely unacceptable that the third-highest funded school system in America still refuses to put air conditioning in all their schools, and had to send kids home from 57 hot school buildings,” Hogan wrote in a statement on Sept. 4. “The Baltimore City School System must be held accountable.”

According to the Baltimore Sun, the city has some of Maryland’s oldest school buildings and a maintenance backlog of roughly $3 billion worth of projects. In an update to its air-conditioning plan published in May, the district said its buildings overall were the oldest of any school district in the state and "numerous buildings need significant system upgrades or complete replacement."

In 2016, Hogan threatened to withhold millions of dollars in school construction funding, calling on officials to come up with a plan to install air conditioning in the schools.

38 PHOTOS
The Baltimore shipyard that produced WWII vessels
See Gallery
The Baltimore shipyard that produced WWII vessels

Workers gather to watch a launching ceremony.

(Photo via Library of Congress)

(Photo via Library of Congress)

Liberty ships at anchor await final fitting and rigging.

(Photo via Library of Congress)

Workers climb a ladder on the outfitting pier.

(Photo via Library of Congress)

(Photo via Library of Congress)

An arc welder.

(Photo via Library of Congress)

A worker welds a floor to a vertical keel.

(Photo via Library of Congress)

Erecting bottom shell plates.

(Photo via Library of Congress)

A chipper removes excess metal from a welded seam aboard the Liberty ship Frederick Douglass.

(Photo via Library of Congress)

Way No. 8 of the shipyard, with the Frederick Douglass in the early stages of construction.

(Photo via Library of Congress)

Storing miscellaneous bulkheads in a stockyard.

(Photo via Library of Congress)

Working on interbottom units.

(Photo via Library of Congress)

Shaft alley sections.

(Photo via Library of Congress)

Burning off excess steel plate.

(Photo via Library of Congress)

The bow of a nearly completed ship.

(Photo via Library of Congress)

A pipefitter.

(Photo via Library of Congress)

A welder rests during his lunch hour.

(Photo via Library of Congress)

(Photo via Library of Congress)

A shipyard worker.

(Photo via Library of Congress)

A shipyard worker shows off a war bond.

(Photo via Library of Congress)

A welder enjoys some ice cream.

(Photo via Library of Congress)

(Photo via Library of Congress)

(Photo via Library of Congress)

(Photo via Library of Congress)

Erecting bottom shell plates.

(Photo via Library of Congress)

Erecting a flat keel.

(Photo via Library of Congress)

Workers tighten bolts with a pneumatic wrench in the belly of the Frederick Douglass.

(Photo via Library of Congress)

A worker with a personal monogram on his overalls.

(Photo via Library of Congress)

Rod welders work on the Liberty ship Frederick Douglass.

(Photo via Library of Congress)

Rivet heater Willie Smith poses in a porthole on the Frederick Douglass.

(Photo via Library of Congress)

Men work on the Frederick Douglass.

(Photo via Library of Congress)

Electric welders.

(Photo via Library of Congress)

Day 2: Keel plates are laid.

(Photo via Library of Congress)

Day 6 : Bulkheads and girders below second deck are in place.

(Photo via Library of Congress)

Day 14: Upper deck is in place.

(Photo via Library of Congress)

Day 24: Ship is ready for launch.

(Photo via Library of Congress)

Workers gather for a ship launching ceremony.

(Photo via Library of Congress)

(Photo via Library of Congress)

HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

The school district said in its May plan that it developed a plan in 2017 to ensure all buildings in its district would have air-conditioning by the 2022-2023 school year, but it added that completion by that time was no longer possible given available funding.

In a previous statement, the Baltimore Teachers Union said the early dismissals did not come as a surprise.

“Our scholars continue to suffer academically because their instructional time is interrupted due to these extreme conditions,” Diamonté Brown, president of the union, said. “While the district works to find and implement a resolution for this ongoing problem, we, as a community, must continue to develop creative and innovative solutions ... to help our educators provide our scholars with a classroom environment that is conducive for learning.”

The union collected hundreds of fans for teachers to use in overheated classrooms.

The union and Baltimore City Public Schools did not respond to immediate request for comment Monday.

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.