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Published August 20, 2013, 06:11 PM

High temps concern parents as kids head back to school

With temperatures soaring to the 90's Tuesday, some Grand Forks parents say they are concerned about sending their kids to their first day of school Wednesday.

By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ

With temperatures soaring to the 90's Tuesday, some Grand Forks parents say they are concerned about sending their kids to their first day of school Wednesday.

School officials say principals and teachers will be taking extra precautions to make sure kids are comfortable and hydrated while in the classroom. Only about 60 percent of schools in town are air conditioned. And at one of those schools, Red River High School, the air conditioning system is currently down.

Fans are blowing at Red River, where school officials say they are working as quickly as they can to get the air back on. With parents concerned about the heat, some say it's time to start school after Labor Day. On Monday a group of Mandan parents held a conference to push for a later start date on the November 2014 ballot. Currently, a minimum of 175 school days are required by North Dakota state law. Superintendent of Schools Larry Nybladh says it's essentially impossible to fit that minimum requirement between labor day and memorial day. Still parents worry that it's too hot to start school before Labor Day.

In 2007, the Grand Forks School district surveyed parents and staff at local elementary, middle and high schools to see where they stand on the issue. At all levels more parents favored starting school during the second to last week of august to ensure school would end before memorial day.

Nyblad says it is always good to touch base with parents to see if their position has changed since 2007 and that another survey could be in the works.

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