Schools send sweltering students home early


CENTRAL ILLINOIS — Some area schools are feeling the heat. Many without air conditioning closed early Tuesday and have already made plans to close early Wednesday as well.

The problem just continues for Central High School. It’s been fighting the heat since the beginning of the school year and leaders aren’t taking any chances. Students will go home at 1:05 pm, Wednesday, just like Tuesday.

It’s a trend being seen in schools around the area. Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond High School is another example. About 1 pm, Tuesday, the principal made an announcement telling teachers to dismiss all students. The same will happen Wednesday.

Even though it means less time learning, the crossing guard at the high school says it’s definitely the best thing to do. The district has sent students home early several times already. The district has also shifted some afterschool activities to work around the heat.

Several other districts closed early Tuesday including Monticello which will also release students early Wednesday. Decatur schools sent kids home after just three hours of class. Plans are the same for Wednesday.

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