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Heat Concerns As First Day Of School Approaches

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  St. Louis continues to endure day after day of dangerous heat, and now the school year is just around the corner.

The first day of classes is scheduled for Monday, August 15th.

With that in mind, KMOX News wanted to know what’s being done to prepare for the possibility that this heat wave will stick around for the next couple of weeks.

Roger CayCe, executive director of operations/building commissioner for the St. Louis Public School District, says they’ve actually made a lot of progress in protecting students and teachers from the heat.

“Out of our 77 open schools, 70 of them have air conditioning that’s been installed,” he points out.  “The seven remaining schools we have added additional window units.”

In addition, if the temperature stays uncomfortably high extra fans will be deployed, student activities will be limited and buckets of ice water will be distributed to those schools that lack central air.

And if the heat index hits at least 105 degrees over three consecutive days classes could be dismissed altogether.

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