Heat Wave

MANSFIELD -- St. Peter's School will close Tuesday, Aug. 24 and perhaps Wednesday, Aug. 25 due to the heat, according to a message released Monday by new head of school Laurie McKeon.

The forecast has temperatures reaching into the 90s and St. Peter's school building have no central air conditioning.

"School will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 24, and most likely on Wednesday, Aug. 25 as well," McKeon said. "While I am rarely a proponent of closing school, good sense, compassion, and safety, require us to make this difficult decision."

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"As always, the safety of our school community remains a top priority here at St. Peter’s, and we will do everything we can to keep our students, teachers, and staff members safe and healthy," she said. "According to the weather forecast for the next few days, the heat index is rising to a level that could put our faculty, staff, and students at risk.

"Our unairconditioned buildings retain the heat, and even with strong fans, the higher floors are extremely hot. I am particularly concerned about our littlest learners, who are the most vulnerable, as their bodies are less able to adapt to excessive heat than adults."

Recognizing that this decision impacts childcare, transportation, and other aspects of family life, we are trying to be as proactive as possible, so families can plan accordingly, McKeon said.

"We hope the weather breaks tomorrow, and school can be in session on Wednesday, but given the forecast of mid-90-degree temperatures, that may not be the case," she said.

St. peter's will send an official notice by noon Tuesday regarding the status of school on Wednesday.

"If you are a new family to St. Peter’s, I encourage you to sign up for our SpartanAlert! messaging system. This system provides text messages and email alerts to parents for school closings and other urgent school information."

The link can be found on the St. Peter's website in the parent portal: mansfieldstpeters.org/parents.

"Once again, I thank you for your patience and flexibility as we navigate this school year together, knowing that through faith and grace, we will continue to make the best decisions for our school community," she said.

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