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Too Hot for School?

Posted Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at 9:23 AM

I think when my kids get home EARLY from school today, I'll have them mow the lawn. They'll be outside anyway. That's the first place they go when there's an early out for heat.

And really it doesn't affect me much either way since my job is at home but for parents that work, it must be a huge inconvenience.

My generation and most likely those before me, never got out early because it was too hot. We usually did afternoon classes outside in the breeze and we turned on fans and drank lots of water. Then we went to football/volleyball practice and then home to do chores. I've heard all the arguments for the early out but really none of them are legitimate. I am sure that somewhere in a third world country or a war torn country, children and teachers are wishing they could attend school all day...heat or not.


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School didn't start in the middle of August....

-- Posted by Cookster on Tue, Aug 28, 2012, at 10:16 AM

Our school started the same time as they do now.

-- Posted by Leah Cauthron on Tue, Aug 28, 2012, at 11:09 AM

This is one subject that I do agree with you on Leah. I do not understand why they let the children out early on all of these warm days. They always give the excuse that the kids do not concentrate and are unable to learn when it is warm out. (Notice that I will continue to use the term warm and not hot. These temps are nothing compared to what the children will be working in if they chose certain industries or careers)While they may not be able to learn to full potential I see it as disrupting an already dis-organized learning environment. It is even more detrimental this time of year to not have a consistent daily schedule. Instead of dismissing school on warm days why not develop an alternative lesson plan that will allow the children to remain at school. And this flows over to more than just warm days. I remember personally that it did not matter what the temperature was when a teacher started an endless Ben Stein like lecture. It made learning and concentrating just as difficult! LOL

-- Posted by deweyh on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 8:38 AM

Oh and one more quick thing. Learning and education does not just have to encompass skills that can be assessed with a pen and paper test. Sitting through a hot day listening to the teacher and attempting to concentrate can have value as well. Even if the instructor has to cover the material again the next day the children can learn a valuable life long lesson in life and dealing with adverse work conditions.

-- Posted by deweyh on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 8:41 AM

I'm not at all sure how the school budgets work or the infrastructure of the places that aren't air conditioned, but we have heat possibilities that warrant early outs for about 8 weeks of each school year. Can't we find a way to cool those areas?

I know that this week the afternoon classes don't even meet when they call early out. They know the forecast. Maybe they can abbreviate the periods so even the afternoon classes can meet for a little bit before September.

-- Posted by Steelerfan100 on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 4:18 PM

Steelerfan100, I am not sure which school you are talking about, but at the high school on Monday, they had only morning classes, Tuesday they had their afternoon classes and today all 7 periods were held but were abbreviated. As for letting out for heat, some rooms are air conditioned, but many are not. If you are in a room without air, upstairs, with 30 other warm bodies, you might feel different about early outs. Holding classes "outside, in the breeze" doesn't make sense with several hundred people. It would be a free for all. I also am not happy about the early outs, but can see the need for them.

-- Posted by stillpositive on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 5:36 PM

I guess I am not up-to-date on all the schools and the air conditioning situation, but I was told from numerous people that only 1 Spencer school was without air. Now, did they not just spend alot of money on the press box and adding a new lane to the track????? Seems to me (and alot of people I have spoken too) that the moneys spent on those up-dates could have been better spent on our children's education. I would think that staying in school on warm days would help them get ready for the "real" world. I don't know, think today I will take the afternoon off since it is going to be warm outside.

-- Posted by kayd on Thu, Aug 30, 2012, at 5:51 AM

@ still positive, thanks for clearing that up on the classes. That makes me feel a little better.

-- Posted by Steelerfan100 on Thu, Aug 30, 2012, at 9:02 AM

1. Here in the Terril School air-conditioning is in every room. We will not be getting out early because of heat.

This is a was in our morning announcement, how can the Terril school have air conditioning, and the Spencer school system have none?? Wow maybe they know how to spend their money wisely.

-- Posted by Toodles712 on Thu, Aug 30, 2012, at 10:07 AM

Money for different items at schools comes from different funding. The athletic updates done over the summer come from different funding than would air conditioning Spencer's 3 elementaries and remainder of the high school. As lovely as it would be to be in air conditioning for 8 hours of my work day it doesn't make sense to spend the money it would cost to do this for all of our buildings unless we went to a year round school schedule.

I realize many many people do not work in an air conditioned environment, but I think it's a bit too far to ask young children to try to learn when their classroom is 80-90 degrees. I also don't think elementary students are quite old enough to learn how the 'real world' works.

It seems as though a few parents are thinking about how inconvienced they are by these early outs instead of the health and best education of their children.

-- Posted by What Do I know, Just a Teacher on Thu, Aug 30, 2012, at 4:41 PM

Thank you, Just a Teacher, for clearing up the air conditioning situation for the schools. Maybe they need to start school after Labor Day then, when the weather usually begins to cool off.

-- Posted by kayd on Fri, Aug 31, 2012, at 5:54 AM

I am not sure that is ever to early to learn how the real world operates. Does being in class when it's warm out hurt the education of my child somehow? I do not believe it does. Does it further my children's education. I believe it does. As far as the health of my children I do not even see that as being a concern as my children have just spent most of the summer out in the heat and seemed to have by some miracle survived just fine. The only people that seem to be inconvenienced here are the teachers :S Also I realize that I am not an educated man and for that matter barely made it out of high school. Building on this I find it utterly amazing that a "teacher" can not spell "inconvenienced" properly!

-- Posted by deweyh on Fri, Aug 31, 2012, at 8:03 AM

I am with the crowd that says starting school after Labor Day would alleviate many of these issues. Otherwise, perhaps we do put in air conditioning and go to year round school with either 2 six week breaks or 3 four week breaks in the year. I've always found that sort of thing intriguing.

-- Posted by AmyPeterson on Fri, Aug 31, 2012, at 6:55 PM

Leah, we're the same age. We got out early plenty of times for excessive temps.

-- Posted by Paul.Dalen on Thu, Sep 13, 2012, at 6:43 AM

I'd add that classrooms are often much different now. The amount of computer and technical equipment in each classroom and in the school can significantly raise the temperature. And if it's too hot the equipment has to shut down or it will be (pardon the pun) toast.

Smartboards and computers put out a lot of heat.

-- Posted by Paul.Dalen on Thu, Sep 13, 2012, at 6:46 AM


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My name is Leah Cauthron. I was born and raised on a farm near Cushing, Iowa. My parents still live there. I am a conservative Catholic. I have been married to Randy for 22 years and we have six children. I received my degree in Criminal Justice from Eastern Wyoming College and as a mother of six and a daycare mom, I have used probable cause, reasonable doubt, search and seizure, Miranda rights, submission, arrest and interrogation technique as a part of my daily life. I can also shoot a .357 magnum with deadly accuracy. I have lots of opinions on lots of things. I am not an expert on anything but I read a lot and will gladly share that information if I find it accurate. I have a sarcastic nature and for the most part I have pretty thick skin and most things don't bother me for long. I don't like mudslinging or name calling so keep negativity of the personal nature to yourself. Enjoy and welcome to my opinion.
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