Heat prompts early dismissals in Midwest schools

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Students throughout the Midwest are getting out of school early this week because of sweltering temperatures and a lack of air conditioning in some classrooms.

Schools in Nebraska, Iowa, the Dakotas and Illinois planned to release children in the early afternoon, before temperatures reached expected highs -- nearly 100 degrees in much of the central United States.

School administrators in several states said they were letting school out early because of safety concerns for students and teachers. Many schools have air conditioning systems that don't extend throughout the entire building.

The National Weather Service says a prolonged heat wave of this magnitude is unusual for this time of year, but not unprecedented.


KKCO firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKCO 11News.

powered by Disqus
KKCO NBC 11 News 2531 Blichmann Avenue Grand Junction, CO 81505 Station Phone: 970.243.1111 Business Fax: 970.243.1770 Newsroom Fax: 970.245.3793 News Tip & Contest Line: 970.255.8477
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 221196031 - nbc11news.com/a?a=221196031