COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Columbus City Schools District will again have an early dismissal Wednesday due to “extreme heat conditions.”
Below is additional information about this precautionary step and what it will mean for families:
- All high school and middle school students will be dismissed starting at Noon.
- Students in elementary, K-6, and K-8 schools will be dismissed starting at 1:00 pm.
- All students will be served lunch before they are dismissed.
- Afternoon buses will run approximately 2.5 hours earlier. Families need to make alternative plans to meet children at the bus stop early or arrange for early pick-up at the school.
- High school sports practices will continue as scheduled.
- All elementary and middle school activities are canceled for Wednesday afternoon.
- Latchkey will still be open and ready to welcome students at 1:00 p.m.
- Teachers and staff will remain at the buildings until the end of the regular day. Faculty and staff will be able to work in the limited cool/air-conditioned spaces. Teachers will also assist in supervising any students who cannot be transported home early.
Building custodians will report an hour earlier to open windows and turn on fans, so air is circulating even before staff and students arrive. The District has also placed fans throughout the buildings to keep air flowing.
The district is also giving students bottles of water when they arrive to help them stay hydrated.
Columbus Recreation and Parks announced that they will extend their hours a some of its facilities Wednesday for a safe place for people to keep cool.
Columbus City Schools students are taking advantage of their early dismissal and going to the centers giving them a safe place to stay.
“When they come here they have to either do an art class, workout, they can do dance,” said Milo-Grogan Community Center manager, Nathan Lapish.
Mr. Nate, the kids call him, says there are two things kids must abide by when at the center. That is to do something positive to do and have fun.
“This is a place where they just feel safe. They come here and they know us by name, we goof around, we do a lot of fun stuff with them,” said Lapish.
“The Rec Center is like a second home for me,” said Northland High School student, Semaj Hodge.
Semaj Hodge is a student at Northland High School. The school, along with 30 other Columbus City School buildings have no air. When given the change he comes to the Rec Center to keep cool.
Families seeking additional information can contact their child’s school or call the Office of Customer Relations at 614.365.8888.