4J School District Prepares for the Heat

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EUGENE, Ore. — Tuesday marks the first day of school for the 4J School District. While teachers prepare lesson plans and get their classrooms ready, they’re also getting ready for the heat.

With temperatures expected in the low 90s Tuesday and no air conditioning in all of the 4J schools, it could get pretty hot in the classrooms.

Staff at Edison Elementary say they’re taking the right steps to keep the school cool throughout the day.

“The custodial staff is used to starting school on really hot days. And we have a community that has really been focused on health and nutrition and drinking lots of water,” said Principal Thomas Horn, Edison Elementary School.

The 4J District says it’s not unusual for a few hot days during the first few weeks of school. Horn says with no air conditioning it can be tough, but it’s not impossible to keep the school cool.

“Staff in the morning, in particular our custodial staff open up the windows and ventilate and bring in as much fresh air as possible. Which this is an old building and it actually has a lot of windows that do open and the ventilation is quite good,” Horn said.

In addition, teachers will be equipped with fans and some even setting out water bottle for their students.

“It’s a major goal of ours to keep kids really healthy not only academically, but emotionally and physically and drinking lots of water is a big part of that,” Horn said.

“Dress appropriately; dress how I am. Shorts and a t-shirt, comfortable t-shirt, get your hair up off of your neck. Drink lots of fluids, don’t over exert yourself and you’re going to be fine,” said Laurie Rowe, Edison School Nurse.

Rowe says they’re not overly concerned because they’ve done their homework and they’re prepared.

“In Eugene, the hottest part of the day is from 3 o’clock till 5 o’clock, 3 o’clock to 6 o’clock, so I’m more concerned about the kids at soccer practice and cross country and football practice. Those kids are the ones who are really hot,” Rowe said.

If a child is no longer sweating, having difficulty breathing from dehydration or heat exhaustion Rowe says to call 911.

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