Hot weather causes concern at local schools

Hot weather causes concern at local schools

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on September 9, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 10 at 7:34 AM

PORTLAND – Fall may be around the corner, but hot temperatures have back-to-school students feeling like it’s the middle of the summer.

Like many Portland Public Schools, Kelly Elementary School on Southeast Cooper Street doesn’t have air conditioning.

That made for a particularly warm back-to-school week for the 685 students at Kelly Elementary.

“It gets hot and steamy. It gets really, really hot,” said Marti Diaz, the principal at Kelly Elementary. “You can’t hide from it.”

Diaz was bringing in water for all of the kids to drink and bringing in fans for each classroom. She said she was also asking teachers to turn down lights to keep classrooms cool.

Once outside temperatures reach 90 degrees, recess will be held inside to avoid the blazing sun, Diaz said.

“It gets really, really hot in the playground,” she said. “There are no trees surrounding the play structure.”

Dias said she asked parents to make sure their kids were hydrated and to make sure they didn’t wear flip flops since their feet can get burned on the playground.

‘We’re going to get through this week and I know that relief is coming,” she said.

 

KGW Reporter Erica Heartquist contributed to this report. 

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