Parents in NH Consider Pulling Kids Out of School Due to Heat
It was so hot out on Monday that by noon parents in at least one New Hampshire community were discussing whether or not they should pull their children out of school.
In the Northwood NH Community Chat on Facebook, one parent said, "Am I the only parent debating on whether or not to dismiss her child from school because of the heat?"
There were 41 comments within the first hour. Some people said they had kept their children out of school for the day.
The problem is the combination of the heat combined with masks.
Superintendent Monica Henson was not immediately available to comment just after 12:30 p.m., but her assistant said all of the parents will receive a notification if school is released early or if school is cancelled this week when temperatures are expected to be in the 90s.
Manchester, Londonderry and Concord have already announced changes.
In Dover, school district officials opted to have students learn in person on Monday. There were increased mask breaks, according to Superintendent William Harbron's assistant.
The high school in Dover does have a cooling system.
Officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are reminding drivers to check for children in the backseat and to not leave them unattended in a vehicle.
"A child’s body temperature rises 3-5 times faster than an adult’s. When a child is left in a hot vehicle, that child's temperature rises quickly – and they could die within minutes," the NHTSA said in a message on their Twitter account.
Contact Managing News Editor Kimberley Haas at Kimberley.Haas@townsquaremedia.com.
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