Heat will shorten school day Friday for some local schools

Thursday, August 19, 2010 | 3:04 p.m. CDT; updated 10:29 p.m. CDT, Thursday, August 19, 2010

 COLUMBIA — Schools without air conditioning will dismiss early Friday. Jefferson and West junior high schools will dismiss at 11:30 a.m. Lee, Midway Heights, New Haven, Ridgeway and Two Mile Prairie elementary schools will dismiss at 12:30 p.m. Students will be served lunch before they are dismissed. All other schools will remain in session all day, as usual.


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Carlos Sanchez August 19, 2010 | 4:02 p.m.

When I was in school we did not have AC. Why is it so important to send kids home? We never got sent home even on snow days.

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Ray Shapiro August 19, 2010 | 6:24 p.m.

What can you expect if you begin the school year during the dog days of August?
If school and comfort is so important, why not just allow students to show up with a towel and their summer bathing suits and take them out for a good hosing or allow them to run in the lawn sprinklers, as needed?
Might even cool off and be some fun for the teachers.

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Carlos Sanchez August 19, 2010 | 7:04 p.m.

Whatever happened to school starting the first week in September? That is when it started back in the day for us older folks.

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Ellis Smith August 20, 2010 | 7:04 a.m.

Carlos, in Missouri it can also be hotter than the hinges of hell in early September.

I believe things got this way because folks wanted the autumn term to end well before Christmas, giving the kiddies and their teachers a longer holiday between terms. The teachers probably need it!

Where and when I was in school the autumn term didn't start until September, but after Christmas break we came back and didn't finish the autumn term until well into January. The spring term went past Labor Day and didn't end until two weeks into June.

But that was a long time ago and Grover Cleveland was President. :)

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Carlos Sanchez August 20, 2010 | 7:44 a.m.

Mr Smith when I was in school our k-5 classes had no AC at all and we had the old heat through the floor piping through the old boiler system. Our 6-8 Classes had AC but they were not always dependable at all.

We did not ever get sent home due to the heat or cold of Winter and we still had to go out for P.E. and run track.

The fact was if our class was acting up the entire class got to go out for a few laps around the track just to cool us off so to It did work.

Teachers might try that these days when the class is acting up to take them out for a few laps to expend all of that pent up energy!

We started school in the first week of September. We had 2 weeks off at Christmas,2 weeks off at Easter Break and did not finish until the first week in June. We had all classes full back in those days with upwards of 30 kids per class and we were just as rowdy as any kids might be today and in fact I bet

That was back in the day though when they made teachers out of stone and hard granite. It seems teachers today are made out of flour and water.

I have to laugh when people say kids have it rough in school these days but when you look at the caliber of some of the kids our educational institutions are pumping out you have to wonder how many days they spent at the proverbial Holiday Inn.

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David Bond August 20, 2010 | 9:27 a.m.

Mr. Sanchez:

Your flour and water comment about teachers is offensive. My wife is a teacher in the Columbia Public Schools. She's committed her work life to improve the lives of approximately 600 kids in over two decades. She spends countless hours - at home - planning, grading, and visiting with parents so she can use her time at school with the class, small groups, or one-on-one. She spends over $1000 of our hard earned income, annually, because her classroom budget is grossly insufficient. She chose her career and has a Master's Degree + 45 hours. Hardly "flour and water". There are many more, just like her or better.

What does the caliber of kids have to do with early dismissal due to heat? What's your point? Are you criticizing the quality of educational value of the schools? If so, would you be fair and also criticize the quality of parenting, home-life, and socio-economic factors that are forced upon kids because they have no choice? We give the school plenty of credit for our childrens' education. We take plenty of credit, as well. If not for us, our attention on our kids, the opportunities we give them through our own sacrifices of time and money, and our involvement with the school, there's a good chance our children wouldn't be as successful as they are.

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Carlos Sanchez August 20, 2010 | 10:25 a.m.

@David Bond I'm sorry if my comments offends you or others but they are made to push the point that teachers and administration are not as hard and as disciplined as they once were. Fact.

Yes there is the issue at home but that is not the topic of this column now is it.

When I was in school teachers were as tough as prison wardens and the yard aides just as hard core too and it instilled in us students over time some resemblance of respect of one kind on another. It did all of the kids a lot of good too.

The caliber of kids means a lot to today because it is a known fact today if kids whine enough adults give them their way. Kids these days are too pampered in our public schools.

Yes teachers go to school themselves for many years and they do a lot of work at home but if you look at the level of education in American Schools compared to Foreign Schools we as a nation are failing miserably were at one time we were at the top.

You can get mad at me and others can too but I just tell it like I see it. Back when I was in school all of the things kids get away with today would not have happened I assure you. We did not have to have police in our schools all of the time because the teachers as I said were tough as prison wardens. So what has happened from back in the day to today?

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