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Early dismissals continue amid heat wave

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Several schools across the state dismissed early on Tuesday due to the heat. (WFSB photo) Several schools across the state dismissed early on Tuesday due to the heat. (WFSB photo)
Renielle Rodriguez's mother said he was taken to the hospital for dehydration. (WFSB photo) Renielle Rodriguez's mother said he was taken to the hospital for dehydration. (WFSB photo)
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NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

Schools continue to make sure the heat does not take a toll on students.

Many have wrestled with early dismissal decisions.

For a complete list of the schools dismissing due to the heat, click here.

To check out the sweltering forecast for Wednesday, click here.

On Tuesday, a student in New Britain had to be rushed to the hospital after his mother said the student fell ill from the heat. The student was a 5th grader from Chamberlain Elementary School.

While schools like the student’s said they are doing everything they can to protect children, his mother said she isn’t buying it.

"As soon as he walked in, he said ‘mom, I don't feel good,’” said Leslie Collazo, a parent. “He just started throwing up right there and then.”

Collazo said her 9-year-old, Renielle Rodriguez, nearly passed out after walking home from a scorching day at school.

"I was telling her, ‘calm down mom, I don't want to go to the hospital,’” Renielle said. “But she made me, I was sick."

Renielle said he felt like passing out while in a Chamberlain Elementary School classroom. He was later told by an emergency room doctor that he was dehydrated.

After being given fluids, he said he felt better. His mother, however, said she’s taking issue with how the school district has handled severe late summer heat.

"They should cancel school for the day, they do it for the winter,” Collazo said. “And if not, move him to another school that has air conditioners."

A New Britain district official said schools are doing what they can to protect students. Early dismissals in the city were announced over the weekend and included Wednesday.

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