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RCSD Early Dismissal Due to Weather Advisory

Starting today, Rochester City School District(RCSD) has adjusted the school schedule in response to the anticipated hot weather conditions.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Rochester region, with temperatures reaching the mid-90s each day from Monday, June 17th to Thursday, June 20th.

Due to the weather advisory, the district has implemented an early dismissal schedule for students in grades PreK through 8. This means that all after-school activities for the week will be canceled. Additionally, schools will be closed on Wednesday in observance of the Juneteenth holiday.

High schools will remain in session for finals and exams as scheduled. The district confirmed fans will be available at schools and encourages students to dress in light, breathable clothing and to bring water bottles. 

Mayor Malik Evans has also made some adjustments. Evans says he wants to ensure the safety and comfort of residents by implementing a Cool Sweep operation. This operation will include extended hours at City R-Centers, spray parks, and other features. The City confirmed residents may visit the City's air-conditioned R-Centers and libraries, or cool off in a spray park.

In the summer of 2019, Rochester experienced a heatwave that shattered previous temperature records. The city reached a scorching 98 degrees Fahrenheit, surpassing the previous record of 95 degrees set in 1948. This extreme heat is allegedly directly attributed to climate change.

Over the past five years, Rochester has witnessed a series of record-breaking temperatures, with both extreme heatwaves in summer and milder winters. According to reports, rising temperatures in Rochester reflect a global trend.

This sudden change has raised concerns among residents and scientists alike. Reports suggest the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation have led to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions, trapping heat in the atmosphere. As a result, the planet's average temperature has risen, causing extreme weather events such as heatwaves.


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