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Letter: School days in August too hot

Classrooms across Long Island were empty on Thursday.

Classrooms across Long Island were empty on Thursday. Check our listings of delayed openings, closures and cancellations to see what's in store for Friday. Credit: Daniel Brennan

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.

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

Louise Ryan, West Islip