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Dozens of school dismiss early because of the heat


Near record temperatures forced dozens of area schools to dismiss early Thursday. The heat has many people wondering if a later start to the school year might prevent these early outs.

Wapsie Valley High School isn't your average high school. It is located in southern Bremer County and it's surrounded by corn fields. The heat can get to it just as fast and the students inside say it's unrelenting.

Using a book as a fan and drinking plenty of water is how students are coping with the heat.

Student Tyler Odneal says this whole week has been a difficult one for students.

"You're just sitting in class and getting hot and when you start to sweat it's really kind of hard to concentrate in class," said Odneal.

Students try to dress in comfortable clothes and seek out air conditioning whenever possible.

"Some rooms are cooler and some are very hot. The media center has air, but I'm not in there at any hour so all my classrooms are pretty warm," said student, Caitlynne Woods.

School officials say the argument over starting the school year later is not a new one.

"I know from being in education for a while there's always arguments to hold off the school year as long as you can and then you go on the flip side and if you can delay the start you go into June and it gets just as hot there so you really just kind of tempting fate of whether it's going to be hot at the beginning of the year or the end of the year," High School Principal, Josh Johnson.

Thursday was the first day that Wapsie Valley Schools had to dismiss early because of the heat. School officials will talk about it tonight and figure out whether or not they will have to dismiss early again Friday.

Wapsie Valley Elementary Schools are air conditioned, but have to dismiss early with the high school because all buildings use the same busses.

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