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WCPS Remind of Excused Absence Policy Ahead of Hot Weather

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WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. - With temperatures close to 90 degrees forecasted for Tuesday, the Wicomico County Public Schools is reminding residents of the excused absence option for students attending schools that are not fully air conditioned.

When the forecasted high temperature for the day exceeds 85 degrees, officials say parents and guardians may choose to have their child not attend that day, or to be signed out early. This applies to Bennett Middle, West Salisbury Elementary, and East Salisbury Elementary, the school district said.

Upon the student's return to school, school officials remind parents and guardians that they must provide a note naming the heat as the reason for the absence or early dismissal, in order for it to be excused. Students are allowed to make up work that they miss during any excused absence, the school district said.

In addition to the policy, school officials say every effort will be made to provide for the comfort of students who attend schools on hot days, including allowing the students to have water bottles in the classroom and setting up fans in the classrooms and hallways.

School officials say the Board of Education has put a priority on providing comfortable, air conditioned classrooms for students in all schools. These HVAC projects have been completed when the state and county provide requested funding, officials say. In recent years, school system HVAC and construction projects have brought full air conditioning to James M. Bennett High, Northwestern Elementary, and Pittsville Elementary and Middle. 
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