Heat prompts another West Aurora early dismissal Tuesday
By Kalyn Belsha email@example.com September 9, 2013 4:18PM
Updated: September 10, 2013 10:14AM
AURORA — West Aurora School District will dismiss students early Tuesday due to predicted high temperatures and humidity.
The district previously dismissed students early four times in late August. Officials then said a prolonged combination of high temperatures and humidity made it unsafe for staff and students to attend school in classrooms lacking air conditioning.
The National Weather Service estimates a high of 94 F for the Aurora area on Tuesday. Temperatures hit 93 F Monday, with a real-feel temperature of 99 F.
West Aurora has said seven elementary schools, two middle schools, half the high school and the Todd Center are not fully air conditioned. Officials estimate air conditioning installation for all buildings would cost about $25 million.
West Aurora High School will dismiss Tuesday at 10:40 a.m., with students attending periods 4 to 7. Sports practices will be held after early dismissal.
The Todd Early Childhood Center and Hope Wall School preschool will dismiss at 11 a.m. Neither will have afternoon preschool.
The rest of Hope Wall and all elementary schools will dismiss at 11:20 a.m.
Middle schools will dismiss at noon, with no after-school events or athletic practices.
Lunch will not be served at West Aurora schools Tuesday.
Students in special education private placement will follow their regular schedule and do not have an early release.
West High’s evening Success Academy also will follow its regular schedule and sack lunches will be provided.
Parents can check the district’s website for more information.