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Boston Public Schools open for classes Monday, despite the heat

A staff member got some fresh air from a window at the Oliver hazard Perry Elementary School in South Boston.
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A staff member got some fresh air from a window at the Oliver hazard Perry Elementary School in South Boston.

Boston’s public schools will be open for business as usual Monday, despite the oppressive heat that’s in the forecast for this afternoon.

Boston Public Schools officials promised they would be “closely monitoring” each school and asked parents to make sure their children stay hydrated on what could turn out to be the hottest day of the year thus far.

“With the hot, humid weather forecast for Monday, we ask families to take extra precaution to ensure your children drink plenty of fluids,” school officials tweeted. “BPS will be closely monitoring every school and will be distributing additional fans and bottled water as needed.”

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Other school districts took more decisive action in preparation for Monday’s excessive heat. Lowell public school officials cancelled classes Monday due to the expected “extreme heat conditions,” and both Haverhill and Lawrence public schools will run on half-day schedules because of the heat.

Emily Sweeney can be reached at esweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.