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Hartford school dismisses early due to heat

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Parents said they were called to the Asian Studies Academy at Belizzi School on South Street to pick up their children. (WFSB photo) Parents said they were called to the Asian Studies Academy at Belizzi School on South Street to pick up their children. (WFSB photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Wednesday proved too hot for one Hartford school.

Parents said they were called to the Asian Studies Academy at Belizzi School on South Street to pick up their children.

David Medina, a Hartford schools communications director, said the school was dismissing early because it was too hot inside. He said the school was an older building where the windows don't lend themselves to window air conditioner units.

"Due to the high temperature conditions at the Asian Studies Academy at Belizzi School, the school will operate on a half-day schedule (8:45 – 12:45) from Thursday, Sept. 3, until Wednesday, Sept. 9," Medina said. "Students will also be allowed to modify their school uniforms and wear shorts, t-shirts and other light clothing during that time."

More than 650 students attend the school.

Many parents said they feel the district waited too long before sending students home.

Thomas Pentalow, the district's director of security, said the administration is "coming up with a plan for the rest of the week because it's supposed to be hot for the rest of the week, so we're trying to do what we can for the benefit of the kids."

He said the school does not have air conditioning in the majority of the building and will probably dismiss early for the rest of the week.

The Asian Studies schools is the only school in the district without air conditioning.

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