HEAT WAVE: Schools Out Early
Without air conditioning, a fan is the only source of relief and even that wasn’t enough at a Boone High School Monday.
The summer’s hottest weather is arriving a few weeks before fall and it has school districts already changing plans.
When students arrived at Boone High School Monday morning the temperature in the building was already in the 80′s. Within a few hours the temperature climbed to the upper 80′s convincing administrators to dismiss early for the day.
The school doesn’t have air conditioning but that is changing.
“In these brick buildings with25 kids in the classroom it gets very hot,” says Boone superintendent, Brad Manard.
“It’s really hard to hold class effectively when it’s that uncomfortable in the classrooms so we made that decision and we’re glad it’s the last year we have to make that decision because we’ll have a new school next year.”
Boone High students will be let out at 1:15 again Tuesday. They will also decide then if early dismissals will take place the rest of the week.
Students at two Des Moines schools also went home early Monday.
McKee Alternative Education Center dismissed at 12:15 and Scavo Alternative High School dismissed at 1:30.
Scavo and McKee are the only schools in the Des Moines district without air conditioning.
Outdoor recess was also called off for Des Moines elementary students.
For a list of school closings and delays, click here.