Schools trying to beat the heat

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

An excessive heat warning is now in effect through Saturday.

Many schools just opened this week, and officials are doing everything they can to keep kids cool.

Floyd County Schools were scheduled to begin classes last week, but the start date was pushed back to Wednesday to try and avoid the heat.

"It's hotter than it usually is. It's a unique situation that we're in and we just have to be flexible and deal with each situation as it comes," Duff Elementary Principal Tonya Goodman.

Teachers are encouraging all students drink water to keep hydrated.

"As many water breaks as possible. We're giving kids the opportunity to buy water in the mornings and afternoon," Allen Central Middle School Principal

Schools were even forced to cancel afternoon recess as heat indices approached the triple digits. Even physical education classes were done in the classroom.

"Student safety is always our first concern. We want to make sure our kids are safe when they're with us in our facilities," Floyd County Schools Superintendent Henry Webb said.

None of the school buses in Floyd County have air conditioning, so teachers are shuttling students out one bus at a time.

"So that kids don't have to sit on the bus for a period of time before they leave," Goodman said.

No food or drinks are normally allowed on buses, but that rule is being relaxed.

"We're advocating that all of our principals and our staff make sure that we get some water on the buses for our drivers and our kids," Webb said.

He says the district will do anything to try and keep the kids safe and cool.

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