By Bryan Lipiner
SOUTHINGTON — Local elementary schools will dismiss early Thursday due to expected temperatures near 90 degrees.
The town’s eight elementary schools do not have air conditioning, and temperatures in many classrooms were recorded in the low to mid-80s Wednesday.
The high temperature Thursday is forecast to be 89 degrees.
“It will not be possible to cool those rooms sufficiently overnight to avoid the potential for an extremely uncomfortable environment Thursday afternoon,” Superintendent of Schools Tim Connellan said in a statement. “I cannot imagine that much productive learning can take place when the heat index climbs to the levels we are experiencing currently.”
Flanders, Hatton, Plantsville, South End and Thalberg elementary schools will dismiss at 12:10 p.m. and Derynoski, Kelley and Strong elementary schools will dismiss at 12:30 p.m. After Care programs at the YMCA will run as scheduled.
The town’s middle schools and high school will have full day schedules Thursday and dismiss at regular times. Connellan anticipates a full day for all schools on Friday.