Kids Face Scorching Classrooms in Grand Forks SchoolsIt's a tough week for some kids to stay cool in school. Since school started in Grand Forks a week ago temperatures have been in the 80's or 90's.
By: David Schwab, WDAZ
It's a tough week for some kids to stay cool in school. Since school started in Grand Forks a week ago temperatures have been in the 80's or 90's.
District officials say only half of the public schools in Grand Forks are fully air conditioned.
Things are heating up in Shana Lindeman's 7th grade math class and that is why a big part of today's lesson is how to stay cool.
DJ Yarbro : "Sometimes people just sit in front of the fan...Sweating and sticky... you just can't wait to get home because there is air conditioning."
At Valley Middle School fans have been set up in hallways and Classrooms. Many of the older Grand Forks schools were built without air conditioning.
Barry Lentz, Valley Middle School Principal: "The building gets hot. You know it's an old building, and there is a lot of brick. "
With classroom temperatures hovering around 85 to 90 at times schools are also providing bottles of water to make sure students stay hydrated.
Shana Lindeman, Teacher: "You see your students sweating, almost laying on the desk, they are fighting over the fan you see the difference over just a few degrees."
Teachers are doing what they can to keep their students focused and that can include some icy treats.
After today Grand Forks students will get a five day break from classes for the holiday weekend. It's hard to say if things will be much different when they return.
Greg Gust, National Weather Service: "The day after day after day is a record string of high temperatures."
Yarbro: "I would say this room gets the hottest in the entire school. "
The Grand Forks School District does not have a warm weather policy during the school year. Decisions are made on a case by case basis.