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Excessive heat warning leads to closures, early dismissals, changes for football games at some Mid-South schools

Fayette County Schools will dismiss early Friday, and some Friday night football games are getting later kick-off times.

MEMPHIS, Tenn — The extreme heat that is hitting the Mid-South is leading some schools to make changes to schedules for classes and after-school activities, including athletics.

Memphis-Shelby County Schools said the MSCS Back-to School Parade scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 26, 2023, has been canceled. "This is unfortunate, but the safety of students, families, and community partners is our top priority."

School changes:

Memphis Central High School said classes were cancelled for Friday, Aug. 25, due to an air conditioner malfunction.

Fayette County Schools announced that due to the extreme heat advisory and concerns about the long hot bus rides home, its schools will dismiss early on Friday, Aug. 25, 2023.

The following will dismiss at 11:30 a.m.:

  • Fayette-Ware Comprehensive High School
  • Jefferson Innovative Learning Center
  • East Junior High School

The following will dismiss at 12:30 p.m.:

  • Buckley-Carpenter Elementary School
  • LaGrange-Moscow Elementary School
  • Oakland Elementary School
  • Southwest Elementary School
  • West Junior High School

Fayette County Schools also said there would be no after-school care (Beyond the Bell or YCare) Friday.

Tipton County Schools will also be dismissing after lunch is served on Friday, Aug. 25, 2023. 

All Haywood County Schools will dismiss at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 25 due to the excessive heat warning.

Football games:

Kick-off for the annual M&M Bowl this Friday, Aug. 25 between Millington Central High School and Munford High School has been moved to 8 p.m. due to the excessive heat warning. Gates will open at 7 p.m. at Millington Central’s Mooney Boswell Field.

Briarcrest Christian School moved kick-off for its game against Kingsbury Friday, Aug. 25 to 7:30 p.m. due to the heat. 

Collierville High School has pushed kick-off Friday night to 7:30 p.m. for the game against Beech. Gates open at 6:15 p.m. at Dragon Stadium at Landers SportsPlex, and there will be no Dragon Walk before the game. 

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