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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Hyping the heat

Some thoughts on this week’s heat wave:

* It’s June. It’s hot outside. What’s the big deal?

* The National Weather Service on Monday, and again today, issued a “heat advisory” – as if seeing a forecast high of 96 or stepping outside wouldn’t have clued us into the fact that we’re having hot weather.

* All the TV news operations in New York City and Albany led their evening broadcasts on Monday with stories about the hot weather. And virtually all of the reports provided little information other than the fact that it was hot outside. How about some real news next time?

* In the 17 years I spent as a student, and in the nine years I’ve been the parent of a student, I have never, until this week, heard of schools closing or dismissing early because of hot weather. I understand that many school buildings are not air conditioned, but most rooms in most of the buildings have fans going, and kids always seem much less bothered by extreme weather than adults – which makes me wonder: Are local schools closing out of concern for our children’s safety or because the teachers made a stink about having to work in uncomfortable conditions?



Blogger Johnny said...

They do the same thing when the first snowstorm hits. I do think schools should find a way to get air conditioned. I know it would cost a fortune, but one would think that it would make sense to put AC in the schools.

That said, like you, I'm from WNY and I have never seen a region (Ulster County) that closes schools as much as they do. If it is heavy rain or light snow in the winter, they close, not because of the heat?

Well, they must have used the 2 hour delays a lot because most Ulster County schools were closed the Friday before Memorial Day, and the Tuesday after Memorial Day


June 10, 2008 at 6:46 PM 
Blogger Johnny said...

Now, because of the heat.

June 10, 2008 at 6:46 PM 
Blogger Jeremy Schiffres, City Editor said...

The Friday before Memorial Day was a scheduled day off in Kingston, to create a four-day weekend. The kids wound up being off Tuesday, as well, because the district had one unused "snow day" to give back.

June 12, 2008 at 2:34 PM 

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