Starting school year early is a meteorological gamble that Philly lost

September 5, 2018

Students from Dunbar Elementary School leave school after Tuesday’s early closing. MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer

By Staff

Temperatures the week before Labor Day averaged a solid 5 degrees below normal in Philadelphia, and they never got above 81. That was last year, and had the Philadelphia School District decided to start classes early in 2017, some students likely would have been wearing jackets.

In fairness, when the school district decided that 2018-19 classes would start the week before Labor Day and end on June 4, it had no way of knowing that the region would be steamrolled by the most-intense heat of a generally benign summer.

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