How Hot Is Too Hot For School?

Several districts close schools due to extreme heat

Marty Griffin and Wendy Bell
September 04, 2018 - 1:00 pm

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — A snow day is not an unusual event come wintertime. But closing for a heat September?  With temperatures predicted to reach a high of 90 degrees, Pittsburgh Public Schools will operate on a 2-hour early release to provide relief  to our students and staff, particularly out of concern for those inside our schools without air conditioning where temperatures could reach above 100 degrees. 

As many as two dozen districts will send students home early, including: Pittsburgh Public, East Allegheny, Elizabeth Forward, Penn Hills, Shaler, Sto Rox, Laurel Highlands, Fort Cherry, Kiski Area, Mt. Pleasant and Penn-Trafford. 

Pittsburghers have taken to social media to express their anger, humour and generally mild displeasure at a heatwave spreading across the region. 


KDKA Radio's Marty Griffin asks his listeners "Why are we worked up about this?" "Should we be closing schools?" "Does it make sense?" 

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