High heat closes two schools early
High heat and no air-conditioning will cut short the first day of school for students at North Mianus School and International School at Dundee, school officials announced Thursday morning.
The two schools will follow a standard early release schedule, dismissing at 1:15 p.m. Thursday. Officials expect school schedules to return to normal tomorrow, as forecasters predict the heat wave will break tonight.
All other Greenwich Public Schools, which have working units, will follow the standard school day schedule.
ISD’s air-conditioning is broken, but school officials have not determined why yet, according to Director of Communications for Greenwich Public Schools Kim Eves. It likely will not be fixed by this afternoon, she said.
North Mianus School still does not have air-conditioning after delivery delays postponed the installment of new units. Officials expect the school to have air-conditioning in mid-October.
Until then, Principal Angela Schmidt advises parents to dress their children in cool clothing and bring reusable water bottles labeled with their names. Every classroom has a portable fan.
The school has a system to notify all parents and emergency contacts of the unanticipated early release, Eves said. Staff will remain on school grounds until all children have a way home.