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Heat shutters schools in seven Lorain County districts (VIDEO)

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ELYRIA — Due to an intense heat wave, multiple Lorain County school districts in the county have delayed the start of the school year.

From whole school districts to singular buildings, a total of at least seven districts canceled classes today.

Elyria City Schools district issued a statement to parents and teachers Monday that Elyria Schools would be closed today due to the heat.

The decision came from the administration considering some of the schools in the district had no air conditioning and that many students walk to school, said district spokeswoman Amy Higgins.

The district had no exact conditions to decide to close the school, only that the heat would make conditions difficult and hazardous, Higgins said.

“It’s not a one-size-fits-all decision; each one is made on a case-by-case basis whether you’re talking about extreme heat or extreme cold,” she said.

In addition to Elyria, Wellington Schools announced over Facebook that Westwood Elementary School would be closed. Avon Lake Schools also announced the closing of Erieview, Eastview, Redwood and Westview elementary schools as well as Learwood Middle School. Oberlin Schools and Firelands Schools closed all their schools. Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools also announced the closing of Forestlawn, Knollwoood and Brookside Intermediate Schools. Columbia Schools will also be closed today, and Midview High School will have early dismissal at 11:30 a.m. today and tomorrow.

Zach Sefcovic, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Cleveland, said the decision was wise, as the temperature is expected to reach to the upper 90s to possibly 100 degrees today. The weather is uncharacteristically warm for this time of year, he said.

In addition to the high daytime temperature, Monday night’s temperatures continued to linger in the mid 70s. Wednesday is expected to be slightly cooler, Sefcovic said, with temperatures as high as the mid 90s.

But a break from the heat is in store: Highs in the 70s are forecast for Thursday.

Higgins added preschool screenings scheduled this week will be rescheduled, and the district will notify parents when they are rescheduled.

Contact Bruce Walton at 329-7123 or by email at bwalton@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or on Twitter @BruceWalton.


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