Summer Session Extreme Heat Plan

  • The Summer Session Extreme Heat Plan will ONLY impact Summer Learning and Community Education programs in non-air conditioned buildings:

    • Middle School Program at Highland Park Senior
    • Middle School Program at Murray Middle School
    • 9-12 Credit Recovery at Harding Senior High
    • Community Education programming at Central High School

    The district will follow the established Hot Weather Plan ( when making decisions to cancel or change summer programming based on hot weather.

    SPPS Operations Leadership will monitor school building temperatures to ensure the learning environment is safe each day.

    Summer session cancellations will occur when overnight temperatures do not sufficiently cool buildings. Overnight, the Facilities Alarm Monitor System will report these temperatures and the decision to cancel school will be made no later than 5 a.m.

    In the event that a shortened day is needed because of extreme heat, a decision will be communicated by no later than 10 p.m. the night before. If there is a need for a same-day shortened schedule, the decision will be made by 5 a.m. and communicated to families no later than 7:30 a.m.

    • Shortened Day Schedule: 
      • Murray and Highland: 7:30-10:15 a.m.
      • Harding: 8:45-11:30 a.m.
    • If a shortened day is needed, students will be provided a meal to go
    • Students will work on assignments posted in Schoology and connect with staff via Google Meet for support
    • Teachers and support staff will provide virtual student support from alternate sites

    To support the continuation of student learning during times of excessive heat, the district is taking several steps to keep non air-conditioned buildings cooler:

    • Maximizing cool air intake and exchange overnight when the air temperature is cooler
    • Limiting air intake and exchange during the heat of the day
    • Consolidating fans and air movement tools to the remaining non-air conditioned schools
    • Consistently monitoring school temperatures with the Facilities Alarm Monitor System
    • Moving students to cooler parts of the building
      • Head engineer will identify morning and afternoon cooler learning spaces within the building
    • Encourage students to stay hydrated (the district will provide students with water bottles)
    • Encouraging parents and guardians to do what’s best for their child. However, summer learning attendance policies will remain in place; for credit recovery at Harding extreme heat days will be excused absences.

    Community Education extreme heat closure will be determined on a case-by-case basis, as many programs are shorter or in the evening. Community Education will try to follow district warm weather closure plans, but will communicate separately to participants and families similar to past practices within Community Education and Athletics.