Columbia School District Prepares for Heat
COLUMBIA — In the event of excessive heat and humidity, non-air-conditioned public schools in Columbia may be closed for partial days.
According to a news release from Columbia public schools, the school district's intent is to have students attend school all day, but the safety and well-being of students and staff is paramount. A decision will be made in the evening prior to any heat-related closing.
Appropriate news media will be notified before 10:00 p.m. Principals and teachers will monitor closely the welfare of students during days when heat can become an issue, according to the release. Water breaks will be provided and fans will be running in areas of the greatest concern.
Students will be served lunch before they are dismissed.