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Saved by the heat: Greensburg Salem, other Westmoreland students dismissed early

October 2, 2018
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Greensburg Police Officer Regina McAtee, stops traffic along North Main St. as students are let out at noon because of temperatures in the 90's, at Greensburg Salem Middle School in Greensburg, on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018.

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.

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