September 4, 2023
Dear Milford Public Schools Families and Staff members,
The weather forecast for this week is calling for high heat and humidity. With temps in the 90s and dew points climbing through the mid and upper 60s into the low 70s during Wednesday and Thursday, meteorologists across Connecticut are stating that conditions will become oppressive at times with the interiors of non air-conditioned buildings becoming very hot and stagnant.
During times of high heat and humidity, the conditions in our non air-conditioned classrooms can become unbearable and in some cases, dangerous to the health of students and staff. Therefore, an early dismissal is a possibility. If an early dismissal is called, there will be no afternoon preschool classes scheduled. If you have a child in an after-school program located in one of our schools, the childcare program will be closed. Please check with your after-school provider for additional information. Early dismissal for all schools will follow the current schedule as seen below:
Elementary School will be 1:25 p.m.
Middle School will be 12:45 p.m.
Jonathan Law/Joseph Foran HS will be 11:58 a.m.
The Academy will be 11:00 a.m.
In preparation, health officials advise students and staff to wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, even if not thirsty. All schools will allow for frequent water breaks and each school will have a cooling plan in place if needed. As part of the cooling plan, we will also be limiting outdoor activities and making arrangements for intentional breaks in air conditioned areas within the buildings to provide reprieve from the heat.
As related to athletics this week, we will closely monitor the situation daily. Coaches will be in communication with their teams when we have updated information regarding games and practices.
Accordingly, we ask parents to be prepared and make contingency plans. Thank you for your continued support and partnership.
Anna M. Cutaia, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
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