WILLIAMSTOWN -- Administrators say they made the decision to close Mount Greylock Regional High School for a second consecutive day due to the effects the unusually humid mid-September weather is having on the aging building's floors.
School Principal Mary MacDonald said Thursday morning the hallway and classroom floors remain very slippery because of the sudden return of oppressive humidity this week.
A decision is expected Thursday afternoon on whether classes will be held on Friday.
School officials cut classes short on Wednesday as a safety precaution as the 90-degree heat coupled with heavy rain and humidity created hazardous footing inside the 52-year-old building.
""We would have to put hockey helmets on everyone in case they slipped and fell," MacDonald said.
The principal said the custodial staff are using fans and dehumidifiers to help dry out the school, which has no central air conditioning.
Meanwhile, two home sporting events scheduled for Thursday evening are still a go, according to Mount Greylock Athletic Director Lindsey von Holtz. The girl's soccer game against Pittsfield High School is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. followed by the Mounties football team hosting Monument Mountain Regional High School at 7 p.m.
School officials say players, however, will have to come dressed to play as the locker rooms are off-limits due to the issues with the floors.
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