Public schools to have early dismissal Thursday

All School District of Philadelphia Schools will end classes at 1 p.m. tomorrow due to excessive heat.

All School District of Philadelphia schools will dismiss students at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug.30. All after-school activities, including all athletic programs and professional development sessions scheduled for Thursday are canceled. Temperatures are forecasted to be above 90 degrees again tomorrow, as this is the fourth day in a row of above 90 degree temperatures.

As heat builds during the day, buildings are experiencing uncomfortable conditions. Because temperatures are remaining high into the evening, many buildings are not cooling overnight. Only 27 percent of the district’s school buildings have central air conditioning.

The general public and media are urged to monitor the district website at, the District’s Facebook page,, or our Twitter feed, @PHLschools, for further details. Updated information will also be posted on the district’s information hotline at (215) 400-INFO (4636).