West Hartford Elementary Schools to Dismiss Early on Thursday

West Hartford Public Schools Superintendent's Office. Photo credit: Ronni Newton (we-ha.com file photo)

Due to the heat, all West Hartford public elementary schools will dismiss at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6.

By Ronni Newton

Superintendent of Schools Tom Moore said Wednesday afternoon that all of the town’s public elementary schools will dismiss at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, due to a forecast heat advisory.

The heat index on Thursday is expected to approach 100 degrees according to the National Weather Service, with afternoon temperatures in the mid-90s and a dew point in the 70s.

On Tuesday West Hartford’s elementary schools also closed early due to the heat. All West Hartford Public Schools have early dismissal on Wednesdays anyway, so no changes to the schedule were needed.

Only two of the town’s elementary schools – Smith STEM and Charter Oak International Academy – are completely air conditioned. The air conditioning at King Philip has been repaired, Moore told the Board of Education on Tuesday evening.

Dismissal time for the middle and high schools will remain on a regular schedule on Thursday.

Temperatures on Friday are expected to top out in the high 70s, and an early dismissal is not anticipated.

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