How hot is too hot for class? School districts have different standards for closing

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EUCLID, Ohio-- For the second day in a row almost two dozen Cleveland area schools closed because of the heat. Despite the soaring temperatures the majority of area schools remained open including Euclid High School.

Class remained in session for the non-air conditioned school with a total of roughly 2,200 students. Fox 8 asked the superintendent why classes were not cancelled.

"We use the heat index and we know when the heat index approaches 103 degrees it comes to a point that's actually dangerous,” said Superintendent Charlie Smialek.

In an email, Cleveland school officials stated a heat index above 91 degrees could be unhealthy for students. However different districts operate using different standards to determine how hot is too hot for students in class.

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“I'm checking almost on a minute to minute basis. My last check is the heat index is at 91 degrees,” said Smialek. “That's very uncomfortable but not at a point where we feel we need to cancel school.”

Parents at schools in Cleveland say no air conditioning is unacceptable for students.

"I feel for them. They should have air conditioners and pass out bottled water,” said Maimie Alexander. “We in Cleveland, so it gets hot; it goes cold, they should be prepared for this type of stuff."

Cleveland and Euclid schools are working to make sure students remain cool by taking additional precautions to make sure children remain healthy in class.

"We are taking steps with water stations, air conditioned zones to make sure our kids and teachers can learn,” said Smialek. “If we get into a situation where it's dangerous to have kids in school we won't worry about how many days we've called; we're going to make sure we make the best decision possible for our kids and our families.”

Euclid has a bond issue on the ballot this November, which would in part build a new high school with air conditioning.

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