Schools in Lakewood, Denver, Larimer County closed today due to heat
Several Denver schools will release early
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DENVER - Hot temperatures are making it difficult for students to concentrate in the classroom. So some districts have decided to give students the day off Friday.
With temperatures expected to reach well into the 90’s again tomorrow, the Poudre School District is closing all schools, including the B.A.S.E. Camp.
They say overnight cooling procedures aren’t working as effectively as hoped.
T.R. Paul Academy of Arts and Knowledge in Fort Collins will also be closed due to problems with its air conditioning system.
A recording for Dennison Elementary School in Lakewood said the school would be closed Friday because of ineffectively air conditioning. Dennison is a JeffCo school.
Denver Public Schools is leaving the decision up to individual schools.
“Schools without air-conditioning have the option to call an early release day following a prolonged forecast of extreme heat conditions,” said DPS Communications Director Kristy Armstrong. “The decision to have an early-release is made by school leadership in partnership with the school community.”
-- DPS Schools on early release for Friday, August 30 --
- Garden Place Academy, 4425 Lincoln St., 720-424-7220, early release at 11:30 a.m.
- West Career Academy, 951 Elati, 720-423-5300, early release at noon
- West Generation Academy, 951 Elati, 720-423-5300, early release at noon
- West High School, 951 Elati, 720-423-5300, early release at noon
- West Leadership Academy, 951 Elati, 720-423-5300, early release at noon
- Creativity Challenge Community (C3), 1551 S. Monroe St., 720-424-0630, early release at 12:15 p.m.
-- Two schools will be closed Friday --
- Denver Language School, 451 Newport St., 303-557-0852
- Downtown Denver Expeditionary School, 4250 Shoshone St., 720-424-2350
“It’s been tremendously hot each day,” said Scott Mengel, Executive Director of the Downtown Denver Expeditionary School. “We’ve persevered through the first half of each day, and then the kids get lethargic and run down.”
Mengel says staff members open windows first thing in the morning to get cool air circulating in the classroom but it’s not enough.
“Some rooms start out at 80 degrees in the morning,” he said, “and by the end of the day they’re in the 90’s. Five to seven year olds have a hard time functioning in those conditions.”
Armstrong told 7NEWS that in addition to opening windows at 5 a.m., staff members have placed fans in the windows of many schools, brought in swamp coolers, and have even shut off lights to keep them from generating heat.
“That seems to be helping,” Armstrong said, “until late in the day.”
Several parents pulled their children out of the Downtown Denver Expeditionary School at midday Thursday.
“They’re distracted by the heat,” said Zuben Bastani. “Hopefully (the weather) will cool down soon and they’ll be able to focus and give the teachers a little relief as well.”
When asked about the DDES’ decision to remain closed on Friday, Bastani said, “I think it’s fine. It’s the first week of school. We’re trying to ease them into the transition of a new school year, so I think a brief week is completely acceptable.”
DDES is operating temporarily in the old Smedley Elementary building at 42nd and Shoshone in northwest Denver while construction is underway on a permanent home at 1160 Lincoln St. Mengel says the new school will have air conditioning.
Poudre Schools: http://www.psdschools.org/
DDES website: http://www.ddeschool.org/
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