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Hot Weather Pushes Columbus City Schools To Dismiss Early

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East High School in Columbus

It will be a hot, short day for Columbus City Schools.

Because many schools still lack air conditioning, the district is dismissing all schools 2.5 hours early to help students beat the heat. All middle and high schools dismiss at noon Tuesday. All elementary schools will release students at 1 p.m.

Students will be served lunch before being dismissed.

All after-school and extra-curricular activities planned for Tuesday afternoon are also canceled. Buses will operate as normal, just two-and-a half hours earlier.

The early dismals come as the Cleveland Metropolitan School District closed 18 buildings because of excessive heat.

Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and sons. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for the student newspaper The Lantern and co-founded the organization Students for Public Broadcasting.