SIDNEY, Ohio (WDTN) – Sidney Superintendent Bob Humble says because of the district’s older buildings, and the inability to power window AC units, he had to pull the plug on the school day.
The school will also release students two hours early Tuesday due to the heat. Northeastern Local Schools and Saint Anthony Catholic Schools will also release students early Tuesday.
“Trusting your guys on channel 2. Telling us the heat index was going to be a high as it was. There is no benefit to having kids sitting in a classroom, hot and sweaty. No one is learning anything,” said Humble.
Some parents had mixed feeling about the early release.
“You want the kids to be safe, but I don’t know. Maybe they could find other ways to cool the building down,” said Kim Miller.
Humble says the old power grid makes that tricky. The high school is two stories. Heat rises, leaving students and staff miserable.
“What I remember, some rooms were hotter than others,” said Austin Deal, a Sidney graduate.
Deal was picking up his younger brother.
“We just had to bring extra water to school for us. When I saw this, I was like what? They get out for heat?” said Deal.
In Ohio, there are no longer any calamity days. It’s all based on hours in the classroom.
“If we miss a couple of hours here and there and even some school days, we have enough built in time because we plan more than the state minimum,” said Humble.
Students were alerted via Instagram and Twitter before parents got a One Call. He said that allowed students to reach out to family in a more timely fashion.