CADOTT, Wis. (WEAU) -- Another area school is closing early because of the heat.
On Tuesday, the Cadott School District sent a letter to parents, saying that the elementary school will close at 1 p.m. and the high school will close at 1:15 p.m. on both Tuesday and Wednesday.
The district says most classrooms and other areas in the Cadott Jr./Sr. High School are not air conditioned. It says that, combined with the heat generated by equipment in the schools, makes it too hot to teach children effectively. The schools have been giving students and staff ice water and popsicles, running fans, and utilizing parts of the building that are air conditioned.
The Blair-Taylor School District is also dismissing students early on Tuesday because of the heat.
Letter to Cadott School District parents:
August 27, 2013
Dear Parents and Other Stakeholders in the Cadott Community School District,
This morning it was decided that it is too hot to have school in Cadott during the late afternoons of Tuesday, August 27, 2013 and Wednesday, August 28, 2013. On both days, the elementary
school will be closed starting at 1:00 p.m. and the Jr./Sr. High School at 1:15 p.m. While we have been keeping a very close eye on the forecast and outside conditions, we have also been monitoring the temperatures inside classrooms. Most classrooms and other areas in Cadott Jr./Sr. High School are not air conditioned. The combination of body heat from the students and staff, along with the heat generated by computers and other equipment, have made anticipated
afternoon temperatures exceed an acceptable level for effectively educating children.
Our first priority is to keep our students and staff safe. Several heat-related modifications have already been made at CHS that include providing students and staff with ice water and popsicles,
bringing in additional fans, and using some creative scheduling to maximize the use of offices, conference rooms and some other smaller areas in the building that have air conditioning. The higher humidity and overnight temperatures, coupled with the additional heat from the occupancy of the building, require more caution than what the school district can reasonable provide for such a large number of students and staff during the late afternoon hours of Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
Messages have been sent out and the local media has been contacted to help communicate this schedule change. Due to the uniqueness of this situation and the timing of the decision, many phone calls have also been made to parents of elementary students. We realize that sending students home early creates supervision issues for many families, so please understand that much thought and consideration goes into these types of decisions.
Should you have any questions about this situation, or anything else in our school district, please contact me.