Baltimore city educators called into The Sun on Tuesday to report temperatures in classrooms that weren't much higher than the single digits that marked Maryland's coldest day in decades.
City school officials decided to open schools two hours late Tuesday, a decision that was questioned by teachers and parents. But educators reported that the delay didn't make much difference as they taught half-empty classrooms or abandoned lessons to show movies in order to pile into their colleagues classrooms that had heat.
School officials said that it only had two weather-related schools closings on Tuesday. They also said that they estimated that 10-12 buildings had heat-related issues. But even schools with heat -- defined as those that had two working boilers that emanated heat throughout the building -- may not have been able to warm all classrooms. They acknowledged that in those buildings, classes were combined or moved to spaces that were heated.
Officials noted that with the oldest and most dilapidated infrastructure in the state, their schools unfortunately experience the brunt of extreme temperatures.
But, on Tuesday they said they received no reports extreme enough to close more schools.
Teachers reported to The Sun and on social media as few as seven students showing up to their classrooms Tuesday. Official attendance numbers for the district were not immediately available.