Philly Public Schools to Dismiss Early on Friday Due to Heat

With temperatures expected to soar above 90 degrees again, the School District of Philadelphia has decided to close schools at noon.

Philadelphia School District headquarters

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Classes began on Wednesday, but Philadelphia public school students are already getting a little time off — all district schools will dismiss early on Friday due to heat.

Temperatures are forecast to be 90-plus degrees for the third straight day, and most city schools do not have air conditioning. Nearby cities like Trenton and Reading have closed schools early this week as well.

All after-school activities, including sports, and teacher professional development are canceled. Administrative offices of the School District of Philadelphia will remain open, as will all early childcare centers in the district.

Forecasts for next week have the temperature returning to the 80s — enjoy your extra time off for now, kids! Drink some water, too.