A reader recently asked: "Do you know if the new BCPS heat-closure policy will affect…
If I’m reading policies and charts correctly, it looks like schools in Baltimore County that don’t have air conditioning (I’m looking at you, Dumbarton Middle, Pleasant Plains Elementary, and Dulaney High) could be closed the rest of this week and all of next.
BCPS’ new heat-closure policy says: “The Board directs the Superintendent to close all non-air-conditioned schools when the heat index [as published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] is forecast to reach at least 90° Fahrenheit any time during the following day.”
The heat index “is a measure of how hot it really feels when relative humidity is factored in with the actual air temperature,” according to the NOAA.
Here’s the forecast for the next 10 days, per weather.com:
And you can use the handy-dandy chart below, or this calculator, to determine the corresponding heat index:
If the forecast holds, and of course that’s a big if, here’s what the heat index will be for the rest of this week and next:
Let’s hope those waivers come through!