Sep 6, 2018

New Jersey Schools To Dismiss Students Early Because Of Extreme Heat

Jersey City, NJ
USA
by
CBS New York
Image: CBS New York
Image: CBS New York

Dozens of schools across New Jersey will dismiss students early Thursday due to extreme heat.

The move comes a day after four students had to be taken to the hospitalize after getting sick during gym class on the first day of school at Bergen Arts and Science charter school in Hackensack.

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As CBS2’s Janelle Burrell reported, it’s especially dangerous to send kids out for recess, and some of the schools don’t have air conditioners.

At the Cordero School in Jersey City, the elementary and middle schoolers will get out around 12:45 p.m.

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“It’s very humid. It does not feel good, and people get a lot of nose bleeds,” said fellow student Ciellesse Cotto.

Without air conditioning, the school nurse said the classrooms in the brick four-story building are close to unbearable.

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“The parents got really involved last year and they raised over $30,000 to bring air conditioning units to the school,” said parent Veronica Park.