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When Climate Change Forces Schools to Close: Fires, Storms and Heatwaves Have Already Kept 1 Million Students Out of Classrooms This Semester

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With the new academic year already hindered by COVID infections and closures, a new hurdle has emerged. A month of extreme weather has disrupted back-to-school across the country, with closures affecting more than 1.1 million students.

More than 45,000 students in Louisiana alone are expected to be out of school until October because of lingering problems caused by Hurricane Ida, which made landfall Aug. 29. These 29 New Orleans schools have not been cleared to reopen because of damage from Hurricane Ida. Some are even switching to virtual learning until they can reopen. — New Orleans Public Radio (@WWNO) September 16, 2021 On Wednesday, Dr. Brumley met with community leaders to assess Hurricane Ida’s damage to Terrebonne and Lafourche Parish schools, among the hardest hit by the storm. #LaEd pic.twitter.com/nwCwsMWAzm — LDOE (@La_Believes) September 10, 2021 Remnants of the storm also battered districts in Maryland , Pennsylvania and New Jersey with flooding and tornadoes. Additionally, rising temperatures coupled with inadequate air conditioning have closed hundreds of districts around the country.

Meanwhile, wildfires have scorched school grounds in California.

“Unfortunately, these horrific wildfires and other natural disasters have become our new normal as a result of the effects of climate change,” California State […]

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