The following message was sent to parents via email from Harford County Public Schools on May 31:
Good evening parents,
With the Memorial Holiday weekend signaling the start of summer, rising temperatures came upon us quickly. The school system is prepared for the possible inclement weather conditions these last few weeks of school. In the event of extreme heat, temperatures are monitored at each building, but especially those three buildings in our county without air conditioning* — fans are utilized, physical activity is limited, and every effort is made to ensure students are comfortable, safe and ready to learn. As always, if you feel conditions are unsafe for your child during an inclement weather event, you are free to pick your child up from school without penalty.
As a reminder, in the event of an unforeseen individual school early closure due to weather-related conditions, parents should have contingency care plans established. If schools need to close for any reason, we want to be sure that we are sending our students home to a safe environment. Talk to your child about your contingency plans once they are established. When an emergency closure is announced, we would make an emergency automated call that would go to the phone numbers you provided on your child’s emergency card at the beginning of the year. Keeping those numbers up-to-date with your child’s school is imperative, especially during an emergency situation. Together, we can ensure a safe, productive, and fun-filled final three weeks of school. As always, if you have questions, please contact your child’s school.
[* Dagger Note: The three HCPS buildings currently without air conditioning are William Paca/Old Post Elementary School, Youth’s Benefit Elementary Primary Building and the Center for Educational Opportunity. The Harford County Board of Education requested county funding for air conditioning at all three buildings for fiscal year 2012. Funding was received for William Paca/Old Post and Youth’s Benefit elementary schools.]