Saved by the heat: Greensburg Salem, other Westmoreland students dismissed early
Students at Greensburg Salem, Mt. Pleasant, Kiski and Penn-Trafford school districts got an early dismissal Tuesday because of high temperatures.
The move is expected to continue Wednesday, at least for Greensburg Salem, Mt. Pleasant and Penn-Trafford students, district officials already announced.
The National Weather Service in Moon forecasts another hot and sunny day Wednesday, with a high around 90 degrees. On Thursday, the high is predicted to reach 86 degrees with a chance of storms between 2 and 3 p.m.
School buildings in some Westmoreland County districts are without air conditioning, which played a role in the decisions made by some district officials, including Kiski, Penn-Trafford and Mt. Pleasant.
The heat will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis by Kiski officials, and a 2-hour early dismissal has been announced for Wednesday.
Elsewhere in the region:
• Elementary students at Mt. Pleasant will be dismissed at 1 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.
• Greensburg Salem middle and high school students will be dismissed at noon Wednesday. Elementary students will get out at 1:15 p.m.
• In Penn-Trafford on Wednesday, middle school students will get out at 12:30 p.m. and elementary students will be released at 1:30.
• Leechburg Area School District will have a 2-hour early dismissal on Wednesday.
• Laurel Highland School District will dismiss elementary students between 12:45 and 1 p.m. on Wednesday, with the middle school dismissed at 1 p.m. and the high school dismissed between 1:45 and 2 p.m.
Several other districts across the region dismissed students early Tuesday, including Pittsburgh Public Schools.