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High heat, humidity cause 20 Columbus, Ohio, schools to start new year remotely

Aug. 26, 2021
The affected buildings do not have air conditioning in classrooms or have HVAC systems that need repairs.

Twenty schools in the Columbus (Ohio) district will start the new year remotely because of extreme heat and high humidity. 

The affected buildings do not have air conditioning in classrooms or are working on getting HVAC systems installed or fixed, reports the Columbus Dispatch

Nearly 7,300 students are affected by the schools closings. The rest of the district will start the new school year in person on Thursday.

The district  will continue to monitor the weather and expects the 20 affected school buildings will transition to in-person learning starting Monday. 

These are the 20 affected buildings:

High Schools (3)

  • Columbus Alternative High School (CAHS)
  • Eastmoor Academy 
  • Whetstone High School 

Middle Schools (6)

  • Arts Impact Middle School
  • Columbus City Preparatory School for Boys
  • Johnson Park Middle School
  • Mifflin Middle School
  • Westmoor Middle School
  • Yorktown Middle School

Elementary Schools (11)

  • Broadleigh Elementary School
  • Columbus Gifted Academy
  • Como Elementary School
  • Fairwood Elementary School
  • Hubbard Elementary School
  • Maize Elementary School
  • North Linden Elementary School
  • Siebert Elementary School
  • Valleyview Elementary School
  • West Broad Elementary School
  • Westgate Elementary School

Columbus City Schools has gradually been upgrading the HVAC systems in its buildings through Operation: Fix It, a $125 million, districtwide building improvement initiative funded by a portion of a tax increase voters approved in 2016.

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