BALTIMORE (WJZ) —There were more school closures announced ahead of Wednesday’s school day Tuesday.
For the second day in a row, at least 60 schools in Baltimore City will close early and 10 in the county will not open at all.
Schools without air conditioning in Baltimore City Schools will dismiss three hours early again on Wednesday.
Additionally, five schools with AC systems under repair will dismiss three hours early:
- Armistead Gardens
- Calvin Rodwell
- Dallas Nicholas
- Dr. Martin Luther King,
- Excel Academy
- Margaret Brent
10 Baltimore County Public Schools non-air conditioned schools and centers will also close again Wednesday for excessive heat.
The buildings closed Wednesday include:
- Dulaney High School
- Lansdowne High School
- Patapsco High School
- Woodlawn High School
- Bedford Elementary School
- Berkshire Elementary School
- Colgate Elementary School
- Dundalk Elementary School
- Campfield Early Learning Center
- Catonsville Alternate Center
All Prince George’s County Public Schools will dismiss two hours early on Wednesday due to the high temperatures.
Even before the first week is complete, students in Baltimore City and the county will miss 50 percent of their classes. An equation that is not sitting well with some parents.
“It’s very frustrating because we waited this long to get them back in school,” A parent said.
A student said their day was good but it was “kind of hot in there,”
With more searing temperatures predicted for Wednesday, it will happen again.
“And so when we decide that it is going to be a potential health risk, then we make that call in the best interest of our students,” said Dr. Verletta White with Baltimore County Public Schools.
Schools being too hot, or too cold has been an ongoing debate.
In January, pictures surfaced of students shivering in cold Baltimore City classrooms. The governor said leaders mismanaged money that should have fixed the problem.
“I think it’s outrageous and disgraceful,” Gov. Hogan said.
Fast forward a few months, the subject matter is still the same.
“When you get hundreds of millions of dollars and you have tens of thousands of kids who can’t go to school because you don’t have to air-conditioning, that’s disgraceful,”
Baltimore City School CEO Sonja Santileses has said her district doesn’t get enough money from the state.
“We’ve submitted to the state. So we have year by year targets for schools that are not being renovated to have air conditioning,” Santileses said.
Mayor Catherine Pugh said she will keep pushing for more funding.
“We are grateful for all the funds we receive and we expect to receive more,”