Schools without air conditioning close, dismiss early due to hot weather

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DENVER -- More than 50 area schools canceled classes Friday due to unseasonably warm temperatures.

All 50 schools in Larimer County’s Poudre School District are set to close, according to the PSD website.

“The decision to close was not made lightly,” the district stated. The post goes on to explain that federal guidelines require schools to constantly circulate outside air into the buildings no matter how hot it is. It also notes that standard nighttime cooling procedures have been ineffective due to higher-than-normal evening temperatures.

Sports and other extracurricular activities were set to go on as scheduled, however.

The Downtown Denver Expeditionary School was also set to cancel classes on Friday, following an optional day on Thursday. Denver Language School will also be closed. On Friday morning, Dennison Elementary School in Lakewood and T.R. Paul Academy in Fort Collins also announced they would be closed Friday due to the heat.

The following schools were slated for "early release" schedules (generally around noon -- check with your school): Denver's West Campus (including West High School, West Leadership Academy, West Generation Academy and West Career Academy), Garden Place Elementary and Creativity Challenge Community.

About 80 Denver Public Schools facilities lack air conditioning, so more closures could be forthcoming.

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