Seven Columbia schools will dismiss early Wednesday because of heat

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 | 2:20 p.m. CDT; updated 11:36 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 24, 2011

COLUMBIA — Seven Columbia public schools without air conditioning will call for early dismissal Wednesday because of predicted high temperatures.

Jefferson and West junior high schools will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. Lee, Midway Heights, New Haven, Ridgeway and Two Mile Prairie elementary schools will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. All other schools will be dismissed at their normal times. 

Students will be served lunch before they are dismissed.

"This will be the first time we use the new heat dismissal procedure," said Michelle Baumstark, community relations coordinator for Columbia Public Schools.

According to the National Weather Service, Wednesday's forecast is a high of 96 degrees with a heat index of 104 degrees. 

"This is only a one-day thing. It should cool down to the mid to upper 80s on Thursday," said Julie Phillipson, a National Weather Service meteorologist in St. Louis.

"Generally for extreme heat conditions, especially the young, elderly and ill, take extra precautions," she said. "Reschedule strenuous activities. Wear loose fitting clothing. Drink plenty of water, and take frequent breaks in the shade."

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Delcia Crockett August 23, 2011 | 8:13 p.m.

All these buildings, where children are in them for all these hours a day, should have central air and heat with regulated safe temperature of 72 in summer and 68 in winter.

This should have happened decades ago.

This is a disgrace and asinine for it to be otherwise.

Please do not cite funding as an excuse for children not having this common necessity for health purposes.

The money should have been in place for this long ago, along with a hot, healthy meal for every child, free of charge, at midday.

Please set priorities and lose the fluff.

Thank you.

Get our children provided for in the most humane ways.

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Delcia Crockett August 23, 2011 | 8:19 p.m.

And, by every child receiving a hot meal, I mean a health nutritionist menu and no charge for any child, no matter who the parents are, or where they live. Just have those trays ready and let every child eat in the common hall, free of charge. You could be able to free up paying some staff for keeping up with a paying/qualifying list, income-bracket and stats keepers on who pays and how much is paid, and if it gets paid, at all. Even if you have a teacher keeping books on it in a classroom, that is so wrong. If all children are fed the same, then no child has to be slighted for having more or less. In this, all children should be treated the same, please. Thank you.

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