90-degree weather forces snow day (Thinkstock)
90-degree weather forces snow day
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On a day when temperatures surged past 90 degrees in central New Jersey, an electrical problem forced a school district to declare a snow day.
Really.

Classes were canceled Aug. 8. That was because of a malfunctioning component at the district's elementary school. The school is in the town of Keyport. 
 
Officials cited student safety concerns. They noted the building lacked reliable power. That meant students and staff members were facing a day with no phones. They also had no Internet or fire alarms.
 
Keyport Superintendent Lisa Savoia told the Asbury Park Press the district logged the unexpected day off as a snow day. Two are built into its school calendar.

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COMMENTS (110)
  • destinyg-san
    9/17/2015 - 12:58 p.m.

    They didn't have phones or Internet or fire alarms.They also unexpected day off a snow.And two are also built in the school district calendar.and that problem happened because this was a malfunctioning.on a day when temperatures surged past 90 degrees in New Jersey.

  • americaa-san
    9/17/2015 - 01:08 p.m.

    When the temperature surged past 90 degrees in central New Jersey,an electric school district to declar a snow day.classes where canceled on Aug 8.students and staff members hade a day with out phones internet and fire alarms.It was because there was a malfunctioning component in the school district.

  • analeye-
    9/17/2015 - 01:22 p.m.

    I think that they shouldn't have call it a snow day you should call it a hot day ;) .

  • mosesh-1-kru
    9/17/2015 - 05:05 p.m.

    That's weird!

  • mosesh-1-kru
    9/17/2015 - 05:11 p.m.

    Why can't our school get 90 degrees and declare it as a snow day!

  • zarias-1-kru
    9/17/2015 - 05:15 p.m.

    How does that happen?

    Is it still warm when it snows?

  • sparroww-kru
    9/17/2015 - 05:24 p.m.

    So weird.I thought it actually snowed in New Jersey,but ... it didn't.Darn it I thought was a miracle. :) :(

  • oscarb-1-bar
    9/17/2015 - 08:17 p.m.

    Lack of electrical power is a safety issue because if there happened to be a fire and the fire alarm didn't work, the fire could have come into a classroom and without knowing trapped the students in the class without help.

  • faithg-1-gau
    9/17/2015 - 10:15 p.m.

    The lack of electricity is a safety problem because if something were to go wrong, like a fire starting or another disaster like an earthquake, the school would have no way of contacting parents or the fire department. It would be bad for the safety of everyone at the school.

  • josephd-6-bar
    9/17/2015 - 10:17 p.m.

    Lack of power is a safety issue because if there is a fire, the fire alarms will not go off. This is a real safety issue because people's lives are at risk. Also the teachers couldn't use there cell phone. So if someone got hurt they couldn't call for help

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