Early Dismissal as Schools Heat Up

Posted at: 08/26/2013 7:10 PM
By: Dan Conradt

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- At some point you probably stopped counting the number of times someone said ‘Hot enough for you?’ But for many schools in North Iowa, the answer to that question was 'no, it's too hot’.

"We've made the decision to dismiss at one o'clock for Monday and Tuesday already, and we'll see what the rest of the week brings," said Michael Crozier, superintendent of Northwood-Kensett schools.

N-K was one of many North Iowa school districts that threw in the towel early because of the heat.

"Probably 70 percent air conditioned at the elementary, and about 10 to 20 percent air conditioned here at the high school," superintendent Michael Crozier said.

“When you're changing classes and you go by an open door and there's a breeze, it's alright. But once you get into a class where there's no air movement it's pretty bad," Northwood-Kensett junior Justin Read added.

Some of the other north Iowa districts that dismissed early included Osage, Charles City, St. Ansgar and Garner-Hayfield-Ventura.

"It's not about the danger of the heat as much as the productivity the kids are going to get out of it while they're here," superintendent Michael Crozier told us.

“I think when the kids get into the classroom and they get warm it's hard to focus," junior Michael Read added.

But just because the day's final bell rang early, don't expect these days to end up on the other end of the school year.

"No, because it's an early out, it doesn't count as far as days of school," Michael Crozier explained.

“I think it's good that we're getting out early,” N-K student Justin Read told us, “because it gives students a chance to relax for the next day."