To the writer of "Start school in August to plan for snow days" [Letters, March 2]: While on paper this may sound like a great idea, in reality it is not.

Most schools on Long Island do not have air conditioning. On 90-degree days, temperatures inside 50-year-old buildings can reach 120 degrees, especially on second floors with poor ventilation.

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Not only is it impossible to learn under those conditions, but it is also hazardous.

Louise Ryan, West Islip