Heat closes Detroit schools, juvenile court

Jennifer Chambers
The Detroit News

All schools at Detroit Public Schools Community District dismissed three hours earlier than normal Tuesday in anticipation of high temperatures developing into the afternoon, school officials said.

Students with a scheduled field trip are expected to return to their school at the normal time, DPSCD officials said, and students who take the bus will be transported to their corner stop or home as normally scheduled.

The normal time for most schools to dismiss students is between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

DPSCD spokeswoman Chrystal Wilson said each school sent home a "robo" call with specific school closure times on Tuesday morning.

Cass Technical High School and Carstens Academy of Aquatic Science at Remus were closed Tuesday due to inoperable cooling, Wilson said.

The district has about 100 school buildings across the city. About 55,000 students attend the district.

Elsewhere, officials with the Third Judicial Circuit Court of Michigan said the Lincoln Hall of Justice, where juvenile cases are handled, was also closed Tuesday because of the heat.

Officials said all hearings at the Lincoln Hall of Justice will be rescheduled. All other divisions will remain open for normal operations.