The dog days of summer is hitting Lake Zurich School District 95 students hard, but the District is taking precautions to keep students and staff safe.
Temperatures have been in the 90s with heat index values expected to reach triple digits this week.
District 95 has instructed staff to make accommodations for students, according to its website. Those accommodations include:
- Make sure all available fans are deployed to classrooms.
- Set up a rotation for all classrooms to take periodic breaks in the designated cooling areas (air conditioned) throughout the day.
- Teachers should limit all physical activity in the classroom and in PE classes.
- Students should be granted frequent water breaks and be allowed to carry their own water bottles.
- School nurses and staff watch for any warning signs of heat distress.
Administrators have been out in the buildings without air conditioning to evaluate conditions. It is a judgment call to close a school or dismiss classes early but many working parents find it difficult to deal with an impromptu early release, according to the statement on the site.
Other school districts are dealing with the heat as well.
The principal at one Arlington Heights School, Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic School, told the Daily Herald that one of its three buildings does not have air conditioning.
Prospect Heights Elementary School District 23 has two schools which will not have air conditioning installed until next year, according to the article.