Baltimore Schools Without Air Conditioning Send Students Home Early Tuesday – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Two dozen Baltimore City Public Schools, which do not have air conditioning, started school early Tuesday.

The decision to allow parents to pick up their children early was made because the temperature is forecast to reach 95 degrees.

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Cross Country Elementary/Middle School is one of 24 public schools that release students to early parents.

Of those 24 schools, some have air conditioning equipment under repair.

School leaders have told WJZ that they plan to install air conditioning in the buildings by the end of next school year.

However, parents say the solution to the growing heat wave may not come anytime soon.

“People who are not keeping up with this air conditioning problem need to move their offices to schools that don’t have it,” said parent Macy Wilson.

Experts say this type of heat is not healthy for children, the elderly and people with disabilities.

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“Children can’t go to school in these conditions,” said Jade Taylor, a sister at Cross Country Elementary/High School. “Because there was no air, we had to pick them up early, which affected my day.”

WJZ asked Taylor’s sister, Rylee Fossett, a third-grader at the school, how the temperature in the school was.

“It was horrible,” Rylee said. “I sweat a lot.”

WJZ spoke with Dr. Mark Olsyk from Carroll Hospital.

He said people who are not used to high temperatures need to be careful and stay hydrated. That includes older adults and people with chronic medical conditions.

He also said people taking certain heart medications, antihistamines, antibiotics or antidepressants also need to be careful.

“The main risk is dehydration, which can lead to cramps and eventually heat exhaustion, including nausea and headaches, confusion, and not really feeling well,” says Olsyk. “If left untreated, that can lead to heat stroke.”

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Currently, schools that close early on Tuesday are expected to return to classes all day Wednesday.

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