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Columbia schools prepare for excessive heat with early dismissal schedule

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 | 3:40 p.m. CDT; updated 5:13 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 10, 2011

COLUMBIA — Columbia Public Schools is preparing for excessive heat with an early dismissal schedule for the seven schools in the district without air conditioning.

“We have to be prepared in the event that we have extreme warm weather conditions,” said Nick Boren, Columbia Public Schools deputy superintendent for administration.

Jefferson and West junior high schools will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. in the event of excessive heat. Lee, Midway Heights, New Haven, Ridgeway and Two Mile Prairie elementary schools will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m.

Three years ago, the district's excessive heat policy changed to include only schools without adequate air conditioning. Before, all schools in the district were dismissed, Boren said.

Water breaks will be enforced, and fans will be placed inside the schools. Students will also receive lunch before they are dismissed, and buses will run normal routes after dismissal.

Boren said these procedures are for the safety of the students, faculty and staff.

Parents will be notified with a text message by 10 p.m. the night before whether there will be a early dismissal.

The first day of classes is Aug. 18.


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Comments

Mike Bellman August 10, 2011 | 8:52 p.m.

Most of the elementary schools with no A/C are also the ones who have historically scored highest on the MAP tests year after year - No A/C = widening the achievement gap?

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Kip Hill August 13, 2011 | 1:58 p.m.

Mike,

Can you direct me to the info that supports that claim? That's an interesting observation.

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