It’s So Cold, Two Area Schools Are Closed Today

Alain Locke Elementary in West Philly and Harry Truman High in Levittown both closed early today due to a lack of heat.

Alain Locke Elementary. Photo | Google Street View

Alain Locke Elementary. Photo | Google Street View

It’s about 22 degrees in Philadelphia right now. You don’t need me to tell you that this is cold, one of the coldest days yet this winter and one that probably made you shiver on your way out of the house this morning.

Indeed, it’s so cold that two Philadelphia area schools are closing today due to a lack of heat. First is the Alain Locke Elementary School, at 45th and Haverford in West Philadelphia. That school has no heat whatsoever; it was in session this morning, but it dismissed at noon. (Hey, at least the school’s boiler didn’t explode.)

In Bucks County, Truman High School closed at 10 a.m. this morning due to a heating circulator not being repaired.

Malfunction of Heating Circulator Leads to Early Dismissal at Truman High SchoolThe health and well-being of Truman…

Posted by Bristol Township School District on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Heat was available in certain parts of the building, but enough classrooms were affected that the Bristol Township School District decided to close the school for the day. Buses were returned to the building to ferry students back home.

Truman is expected to reopen tomorrow.

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