CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The mask policy played a part in the decision by at least one New Hampshire school district to release students early Monday because of 90-degree-plus temperatures and humidity.

“Making matters more difficult, students are still expected to wear masks in classrooms and outdoors is not a suitable option,” Kathleen Murphy, interim superintendent at the Concord School District, wrote in a letter to families on Sunday. “I am sorry for the imposition on families, but for the overall safety and health of the students I felt it was a prudent decision.”

The district was releasing students early Tuesday, as well. The Manchester school district canceled classes for Monday and said it would re-evaluate for Tuesday. In Londonderry, cooling areas were being made available.

Temperatures in New Hampshire were expected to get well into the 90s on Monday and Tuesday.

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THE NUMBERS

Nearly 99,000 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in New Hampshire, including 61 cases announced Friday. One new death was announced; the total number remained at 1,355.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in New Hampshire decreased over the past two weeks, going from 90 new cases per day on May 22 to 22 new cases per day on Saturday.

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