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Heat Information for Wicomico Students in Schools Without Air Conditioning

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SALISBURY, Md.- With the predicted return of hot weather this week, officials with Wicomico County Public Schools are advising Wicomico school families of the excused absence option for students attending schools that are not fully air-conditioned.

Eric Dorman from Salisbury walks his daughter to Prince Street Elementary School. He said on a hot day like Tuesday he is happy that his child is able to attend a school like Prince Street that has air conditioning.

"Luckily my daughter's school has air conditioning does have air conditioning, I remember when I was growing up going to Bennett Middle School we didn't have air conditioning at all. We had the big chicken fans, so I'm glad they do have air conditioning in the school for the children," said Dorman.

Unfortunately some schools, like Bennett Middle, are not fully air-conditioned.

Dorman remembers what it was like to be in a hot and sticky classroom.

"It was terrible, hot very, very hot and we had to leave school early because of that purpose," he said.

When the forecasted high temperature for the day exceeds 85 degrees, parents and guardians may choose not to have their child attend that day if the child attends Bennett Middle, East Salisbury Elementary or West Salisbury Elementary.

Upon the student's return to school, parents and guardians must provide a note naming the heat as the reason for the absence, in order for the absence to be excused. Students will be allowed to make up work that they miss during these excused absence days.

Every effort will be made to provide for the comfort of students who attend schools on hot days. Students may have water bottles in the classroom and are urged to wear attire that will keep them cooler while still meeting the dress code. In classrooms and hallways, fans keep the air moving, and lights are often shut off to create a more comfortable learning environment.

This summer Pittsville Elementary and Middle School received underwent renovations, which included air-conditioning.

The new Bennett Middle School under construction near Fruitland will open next year.

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