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Heat prompts school cancellations in St. Charles

Published: Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 5:51 p.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – The forecasted heat has prompted St. Charles School District 303 to cancel classes for three elementary schools and to dismiss two middle schools early on Tuesday.

None of the five buildings – Corron, Norton Creek and Wild Rose elementary schools and Haines and Thompson middle schools – are fully air conditioned, district spokesperson Jim Blaney said.

The National Weather Service is predicting a high near 94 degrees Tuesday.

Monday, the National Weather Service indicated temperatures in St. Charles had reached 90 degrees. The low Monday night was expected to be around 73 degrees.

That heat and humidity at night is a problem, Blaney said.

"The buildings don't cool down at night," he said.

Students at Haines and Thompson will attend their core classes in the morning and be dismissed at noon, Blaney said. All after-school activities will be canceled, he said.

Outdoor after-school activities at Wredling Middle School, which has a normal school day, also will be canceled, but indoor after-school activities will be held as planned, Blaney said.

He said the district was using an automated phone system to notify parents of the cancellations and shortened days.

Last year, District 303 began a multiyear capital improvement plan to get all of its elementary schools equipped with air conditioning. St. Charles Education Association President Pam Turriff asked school board members last month to expedite those plans and to also extend those improvements to Thompson and Haines.

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