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Heat forces schools to cut classes short

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High temperatures and added humidity made it uncomfortably hot for many in Eastern Iowa. A number of surrounding area schools cut classes short because of the heat.

Janesville is just one of many schools, where the heat created problems. 

For Janesville, there's no air conditioning in the majority of their building. When the heat index reached 100 today, the classrooms became too hot for students. 

At 12:50 p.m, students filed out of Janesville with cheek to cheek grins.

Excited for what became a half day for more than 360 students. 

Superintendent BJ Meaney says the school had their students safety at the top of their minds.

"We don't have air conditioning with the exception of three classrooms," said Superintendent Meaney. "And these bricks they bake so it's just not an environment conducive to learning so we're going to have to send the kids home."

Parents filed in to pick up their little ones. 

"It was pretty warm this morning when the kids got dropped off," said Janesville parent Aaron Anderson. "So, it's hard for them to learn, pay attention, focus.

Anderson says he's taking his two kids to the pool. 

Whatever the rest of the afternoon has in store, it's safe to say the kids were all happy to be out of class. 

The school says they're still wrestling with one big concern. 

"How much instructional time do we actually lose because of the heat," said Superintendent Meaney. "Versus the cost of air conditioning this entire building."

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