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Schools ready to handle heat

With Wednesday being the first day of school for many students in central Kentucky, school leaders are doing all they can to keep kids cool during this extreme heat.

Fayette County school officials say they are making sure students drink plenty of water throughout the day.

They are also keeping the heat in mind when planning outdoor activities.

We are told air conditioners are working in all Fayette County schools.

Construction work is going on at 17 schools in the district. We're told workers are taking precautions because of the heat as well.

Principal Tara Isaacs, at Dixie Magnet Elementary, is keeping a close watch on the children because of the heat.

"The heat affects people in different ways," Isaacs said. "We want to make sure that we are more than hydrated before we enter and exit the building. Our wonderful cafeteria staff has already taken precautions with providing a drink cart in addition to the normal beverages in the cafeteria."

In the midst of battling the heat, Isaacs says she's excited that the new school year is underway.

"I think it's going to be a great year, a banner year for Fayette County Schools and what we accomplish for the kids," Isaacs said.

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