Some York County schools close early for high heat, humidity
Several York County schools let out early Tuesday — and at least one plans to do the same Wednesday, after a heat advisory for the area was extended.
The advisory took effect at noon Tuesday, Aug. 28, and runs through 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, according to the National Weather Service.
The heat index — real temperature combined with relative humidity — was expected to make it feel like 103 degrees in York County on Tuesday, the weather service stated.
Adams, Dauphin and Lancaster counties also are included in the advisory.
West Shore School District announced early dismissal for all schools Tuesday, Aug. 28, because of rising temperatures and humidity inside the buildings.
"The decision to close school or release students early is never easy to make and never made lightly," Superintendent Todd Stoltz said in a Tuesday release.
Stoltz explained that seven of the 14 schools in the district have no air conditioning, and that morning, many of those buildings had temperatures in the 80s.
The decision to release students from all buildings, even those with AC, was done for convenience for families who rely on older siblings as care providers for their younger brothers and sisters.
Secondary students were dismissed at 11:45 a.m., and elementary students at 12:45 p.m., according to a district Facebook post.
Morning kindergarten students also were dismissed at 12:45 p.m. and received lunch, the post stated. Afternoon kindergarten classes were canceled.
The Best Friend's Daycare Latchkey Program was open until 3:30 p.m. at all schools.
Morning kindergarten will dismiss at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, and afternoon kindergarten will start at that time. Afternoon kindergarten will dismiss with elementary school students at 12:45 p.m., and secondary schools will dismiss at 11:45 a.m.
Lunch will be served to grades 1-12, according to the release.
Tuesday's middle school/junior high athletic and extracurricular activities were canceled or postponed, but varsity and JV athletics continued as scheduled, with modifications to location, duration and equipment as needed.
Stoltz wrote in the announcement that these activities were allowed to continue based on fall athletes' familiarity with training in hot and humid conditions over the summer and the ability for coaches and directors to take necessary precautions.
York Catholic High School dismissed students early Tuesday and planned to do the same Wednesday based on high temperatures and heat index warnings, according to an announcement on its website.
Students were expected to be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. The district is asking students to ask their bus drivers about arrangements for tomorrow.
Coaches and activities moderators will be in touch with families regarding school activities.
On Tuesday, Spring Grove Area School District moved back the start time of its varsity field hockey scrimmage scheduled at Manheim Central, and Red Lion Area School District postponed its eighth-grade football scrimmage at Penn Manor.
The weather service advised limiting or rescheduling strenuous outdoor activities. It also advised staying hydrated and to check up on the elderly and sick and those without air conditioning.