Baltimore public school buildings without functioning air conditioning are again being closed today and students told to attend classes virtually.
City Schools announced last night that 25 Baltimore schools that lack air conditioning and three schools with faulty air conditioning will not open today, June 14, and that meal sites at those locations are closed.
“This decision was made due to the combination of warm temperatures and humidity, which may cause some spaces in those buildings to feel like they are warmer,” the release said, providing a link to the Baltimore City Public Schools “Schools Without Air Conditioning” page.
Last week, after students and staff complained of suffocating-hot classrooms – in one case tweeting a photo of a classroom temperature reading of 90 degrees at 8:35 a.m. – students were dismissed early from 30 city schools.
The next day, at least 33 schools were closed again because of air conditioning problems.
Today’s decision affects schools lacking air condition, including Baltimore City College and Benjamin Franklin High School at Masonville Cove. (See full list below)
Also closed today are three schools where air conditioning is under repair:
Liberty Elementary School, Garrett Heights Elementary School, Dallas F. Nicholas Sr. Elementary School and George Washington Elementary School.
The website also notes that City Schools “does not plan to install air-conditioning” for three schools and alternative programs – Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School, Empowerment Academy and Midtown Academy – because their buildings are not owned by the district.
Full List of Schools Closed Due to Faulty or No Air Conditioning:
No air conditioning:
• Baltimore City College
• Benjamin Franklin High School at Masonville Cove
• Calverton Elementary/Middle School
• City Springs Elementary/Middle School
• Collington Square Elementary/Middle School
• Cross Country Elementary/Middle School
• Curtis Bay Elementary/Middle School
• Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary School
• Franklin Square Elementary/Middle School
• Furley Elementary School
• Guilford Elementary/Middle School
• Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School
• Johnston Square Elementary School
• National Academy Foundation
• New Era Academy
• Northwood Elementary School
• Patterson High School
• Robert W. Coleman Elementary School
• Southwest Baltimore Charter School
• Vanguard Collegiate Middle School
• Westport Academy
• Windsor Hills Elementary/Middle School
• Yorkwood Elementary School
• Youth Opportunity
• The Mount Washington School (lower building)
Air Conditioning in Need of Repair:
• Liberty Elementary School
• Garrett Heights Elementary School
• Dallas F. Nicholas Sr. Elementary School
• George Washington Elementary School