Just days after the school year has begun, the school day is already being cut short for Philadelphia public and parochial school students due to excessive heat.
With temperatures expected in the 90s with high humidity Friday, the Philadelphia School District announced that all schools would close at noon Friday.
The heat also will impact after-school activities.
"All after-school activities including all athletic programs and professional development classes scheduled for Friday are canceled as well," said the district in a news release. "All District early childhood centers will remain open as per their regular schedule. In addition, administrative offices will be open according to their regular schedule."
Philadelphia schools dismissed as normal Thursday despite temps pushing into the high 90s.
The district urged parents and students to check the website and call 215-400-4636 for more details.
Philadelphia Catholic schools will also close early Friday, following the school district's lead.
Camden City, Haddon Township and Trenton public schools in New Jersey as well as Reading and Upper dublin Townships schools in Pennsylvania also reported they would close early on Friday.
A list of local schools closed early this week due to the heat and humidity.
Keep up to date with any other school closings or early dismissals posted to the school closing section.