Three school districts and one regional high school in the Merrimack Valley have announced that they will cancel classes or dismiss students early on Monday due to the expected heat.
Classes at Lowell public schools will be cancelled Monday due to expected “extreme heat conditions,” according to the school district’s website.
Both Haverhill and Lawrence public schools will run on half-day schedules because of the heat, their websites said. Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School, located in Haverhill, also announced early dismissal for its students online.
The National Weather Service on Sunday issued a heat advisory for some Massachusetts communities — including Cambridge, Framingham, Lawrence, Lowell, and Springfield — as well as parts of New Hampshire and Connecticut from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday. Temperatures could feel like 100 degrees in those areas, according to weather service meteorologist Alan Dunham.
Haverhill Superintendent Jim Scully said not all the schools in the district have air conditioning, and that some of the larger buildings have poor ventilation.
“Having just been in some of our buildings in my opinion by noon time tomorrow some schools are going to be dealing with oppressive heat,” he said in a letter to parents.
The schedule change will not impact the district’s date for the last day of school, which is Friday, he said.
The superintendents at Lowell and Lawrence public schools and Whittier Tech could not immediately be reached for comment on Sunday night.
Marianne Busteed, head of Lowell High School, told the Globe on Saturday that only some of the building has air conditioning, and those systems might not be up to the task.
“My concern would be whether or not the cooling systems can keep up with the excessive high temperature predicted,” she said in an e-mail to the Globe, noting that she is not involved with making the district-wide decision.
“I want to be sure students stay hydrated and the air is comfortable enough for them to focus on their academics,” Busteed said. “Student safety is always my top priority.”Abigail Feldman can be reached at email@example.com.