Continuing hot weather has prompted the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to call another Spare the Air alert for Wednesday, and the early dismissal of at least one school district because of the expected soaring temperatures.
In an unprecedented move, the Campbell Union High School District announced that the school day will be shortened at its eight schools on Wednesday and Thursday due to the extreme heat advisory. Students will be dismissed at about 11:30 a.m. and no outside activities will be permitted, officials said.
It's the first time the district has decided to issue an early dismissal because of the heat, according to assistant superintendent for business services Brett McFadden. "Considering that more than half the classrooms in the district don't have AC," he said, "we thought this was a wise move."
While some parents thought their kids could stand a lesson while learning in the heat, other teachers and students reported feeling dizzy on Tuesday when the temperatures were in the upper 80s and 90s.
In addition, Bay Area Air Quality Management called the season's sixth Spare the Air alert for Wednesday.
The heat wave is forecasted to persist throughout the week, so more Spare the Air alerts could be coming. Santa Clara County, as well as other spots throughout the Bay Area, have opened cooling centers with air conditioning for its residents.
In all, 1996 had the most number of Spare the Air alerts with 25 issued that year, 1995 had 24 alerts issued and 1993 had 19 alerts.
In 2014, there were 10 alerts in all.