Heat advisory forces early dismissals

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Extreme heat closed several schools early Monday, but in some places, it will soon be a problem of the past.

Schools in Decatur, Monticello, Chrisman and Champaign called it quits early Monday because of the heat. Many still don’t have central air conditioning, so early dismissal is a safety precaution.

Some schools are moving towards improvements which would make early outs like this a thing of the past.

Central High School, in Champaign, let out a little after 1 pm. Kids say many rooms are cooled by fans. Monday, they say there were so many running in some classrooms, they could barely hear the teachers.

But, luckily for students, updates to Central in the coming years include air conditioning. The renovations should be done by 2022. Again, good news, officials say the air conditioning could come before the project is entirely done.

Though it’s a small part of the renovation, parents say it will be great for morale. Central will release students at 1 pm again Tuesday as will Monticello and Decatur schools.

Adults aren’t immune to the heat either. There are several cooling centers around Central Illinois.

Danville Department of Human Services
407 North Franklin
220 South Bowman

Decatur Civic Center
1 Gary K Anderson Plaza
7:30 am – 5 pm

Oasis Day Center
243 West Cerro Gordo Street, Decatur
7 days a week
7 am – 5 pm
Decatur/Macon County Senior Center
1430 N 22nd Street, Decatur
8 am – 4 pm

Macon County Department of Human Services
707 East Wood St.
8:30 am – 5 pm

Blue Mound Village Hall
309 North Railroad Avenue
8 am – 4:30 pm

Forsyth Forsyth Public Library
268 South Elwood Street
9 am – 8 pm

Macon Community Center 
10539 South Woodcock
7 am – 3:30 pm

Warrensburg Village Hall
155 Main Street
9 am – 4:30 pm

Watseka Public Library
201 S 4th Street
Tuesday 1
10 am – 8 pm

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