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San Diego school districts enact minimum school days due to hot temperatures

Posted at 6:40 PM, Oct 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-24 21:47:24-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego Unified School District and Coronado Unified School District implemented minimum-day schedules for its schools on Tuesday due to the scorching temperatures.

Nearly 90 schools in SDUSD and all in CUSD let students out early and modified instruction plans.

In a letter to CUSD parents, Superintendent Karl Mueller said the decision was made based on the fact that many CUSD classrooms are not air-conditioned and occasionally suffer from extreme and unhealthy temperatures.

SDUSD has developed a plan to air condition all classrooms and other educational support spaces and so far air conditioning has been installed in the hottest 2,000 classrooms.

Minimum days are called at schools that cannot provide air-conditioned learning spaces for all children when the forecasted temperature is 95 degrees or higher with a heat index of 103 degrees or higher.

The YMCA is doing its part to help families during the extreme heat.

They provide staffing for SDUSD's PrimeTime after-school program and are having staff come in early at no charge to parents.

At the YMCA locations, families can take advantage of a free one-day guest pass. Some locations also have open swim times for a small fee. Staff recommends calling your local YMCA to find out if they have open swims.