Massachusetts school district cancels classes due to heat, will start summer vacation early – Boston 25 News

WORCESTER, mass. — One of Massachusetts’ largest school districts has canceled classes Thursday and will start the 2024 summer vacation early due to extreme heat in this week’s weather forecast.

“We are forecasting warm weather this week with high temperatures forecast above 90 degrees Tuesday through Friday,” Worcester Public Schools Superintendent Rachel H. Monárrez wrote in a letter to the school community. “As a result, school will be canceled on Thursday, June 20.”

Monárrez noted that classes at Burncoat High School will also be canceled Friday.

Guidelines from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education indicate that these days do not need to be made up, meaning Tuesday will mark the last day of school for students attending Worcester Public Schools. There was no school scheduled for Wednesday due to the Juneteenth federal holiday.

“Due to the age of our buildings, many do not have air conditioning. We regret ending the school year abruptly, but we want to ensure the safety of our students and staff in what is expected to be unusually warm temperatures,” Monárrez added.

An excessive heat watch and heat advisory have been posted in Massachusetts.

A series of highs in the 90s are expected Tuesday through Friday and the combination of heat and humidity will result in “felt temperatures” of 96 to 106 degrees.

Any additional weather-related school closures will be posted here.

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