Thursday, August 12, 1999

High temperatures could send students home early

Enquirer Contributor

        MIDDLETOWN — If the temperature rises too high, students in the Middletown/Monroe Schools might find themselves going home early.

        Superintendent Wayne Driscoll this week received permission from the school board to move forward with a heat/snow emergency plan that dismisses classes one hour early if the temperature or weather conditions warrant.

        For heat, a combination of temperature and high humidity will trigger the early release. Announcements will be made on local radio or television stations the day before students are dismissed early, based on weather predictions using the heat index, Mr. Driscoll said.

        In winter months decisions on early dismissal will be made as they have in the past, based mostly on road conditions.

        Though supportive of the plan, board member Carol Brotherton said she would like to see the district delay the opening of school and go longer in June rather than monitor temperatures the first few weeks of school. The only building in the district that is completely air-conditioned is Middletown High School.

        Under the plan Stephen Vail Middle School and the high schools would be dismissed at 1:15 p.m., followed by Amanda and Monroe elementary schools, George M. Verity Middle School, and Central Academy. The other elementary schools will be dismissed at 2:35 p.m. Buses also would come a hour early for students who live in the district but attend Fenwick High School, John XXIII Elementary School, and Middletown Christian Schools.


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