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Heating and Cooling

Through new construction, renovation, replacement, and maintenance, City Schools is working to make our classrooms as comfortable as possible. Because many buildings have old heating systems or no air-conditioning, this work is ongoing. To make sure we can respond quickly to heating or cooling problems, in the 2018-19 school year we installed remote temperature sensors in all our buildings. 

Heating

In prolonged or extreme cold weather, some schools with older heating systems can experience problems with malfunctioning heating equipment or burst pipes and associated water damage. In this case, the district may need to close buildings or dismiss early due to lack of adequate heat and water.

Cooling

City Schools is moving to install air-conditioning in all district-owned buildings, through either the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) or the 21st Century School Buildings Program. The plan calls for systems that provide both cooling and heat, to address temperatures year round. Depending on the school, the system may be a building-wide central HVAC system or wall-mounted "vertical package" room units.

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Air-conditioning plan

Updated May 2019

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Status of building maintenance

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Closing schools for heat or cold

Schools without air-conditioning

The schools listed below will dismiss early on extremely hot days. Schools not listed below have air-conditioning (but may dismiss early, if their systems require repair that cannot be completed within one day).

These lists are current as of August 14, 2019, but are subject to change. Status and anticipated completion dates are provided for scheduled projects; remaining schools will be scheduled pending availability of funding allocations.

  • Augusta Fells Savage Institute: in design
     
  • Baltimore City College
  • Baltimore Polytechnic Institute: in construction; completion anticipated by June 1, 2020
  • Belmont Elementary School: in design
  • Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy West: in design
  • Booker T. Washington Middle School: in design
     
  • Calverton Elementary/Middle School: 21st-century buildings program; anticipated completion 2021-22
  • City Springs Elementary/Middle School
  • Claremont School: 21st-century buildings program
  • Collington Square Elementary/Middle School
  • Cross Country Elementary/Middle School: 21st-century buildings program; anticipated completion 2020-21
  • Curtis Bay Elementary/Middle School
     
  • Dickey Hill Elementary/Middle School: in design
     
  • Edgecombe Circle Elementary School: in design
  • Edgewood Elementary School: in design
  • Edmondson-Westside High School: in construction; completion anticipated by December 31, 2019
  • Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary School
     
  • Franklin Square Elementary/Middle School
  • Frederick Douglass High School: entering construction; completion anticipated by June 1, 2020
  • Furley Elementary School
     
  • Gilmor Elementary School: school scheduled to close as of June 30, 2019
  • Govans Elementary School: 21st-century buildings program; anticipated completion 2020-21
  • Graceland Park/O'Donnell Heights Elementary Middle School: new building under construction; anticipated completion 2020-21
     
  • Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School
  • Hazelwood Elementary/Middle School: entering construction; completion anticipated by June 1, 2020
  • Hilton Elementary School:  entering construction; completion anticipated by June 1, 2020
  • The Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary School: entering construction; completion anticipated by December 1, 2020
  • Holabird Elementary/Middle School: new building under construction; anticipated completion 2020-21
     
  • Johnston Square Elementary School
     
  • Lois T. Murray Elementary/Middle School: 21st-century buildings program; anticipated completion 2020-21
     
  • Mary E. Rodman Elementary School: 21st-century buildings program; anticipated completion 2020-21
  • Matthew A. Henson Elementary School: entering construction; completion anticipated by June 1, 2020
  • Medfield Heights Elementary School: 21st-century buildings program; anticipated completion 2020-21
  • Montebello Elementary/Middle School: 21st-century buildings program; anticipated completion 2020-21
  • Mount Royal Elementary/Middle School: in design
     
  • National Academy Foundation
  • New Era Academy: in design
  • Northwood Elementary School: 21st-century buildings program; anticipated completion 2020-21
     
  • Patterson High School: 21st-century buildings program
     
  • Renaissance Academy: in design
     
  • Sharp-Leadenhall Elementary School: 21st-century buildings program; anticipated completion 2021-22
  • Southwest Baltimore Charter School: in design
     
  • Thomas Jefferson Elementary/Middle School: entering construction; completion anticipated by June 1, 2020
     
  • Vanguard Collegiate Middle School
     
  • Western High School: in construction; completion anticipated by June 1, 2020
  • William S. Baer School: in design
  • Windsor Hills Elementary/Middle School: in design
     
  • Yorkwood Elementary School

City Schools does not plan to install air-conditioning for these schools and alternative programs, because their buildings are not owned by the district:

  • Afya Public Charter School
  • Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School
  • Empowerment Academy
  • Midtown Academy
  • The Mount Washington School (lower building)
  • Northwood Appold Community Academy
  • Youth Opportunity