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Published August 26, 2013, 07:18 PM

Hot temperatures cause Wahpeton students to be let out early

Wahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) - Some Wahpeton students were let out early today as classroom temperatures exceeded 85 degrees. It's a trend that will continue through Wednesday.

Wahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) - Some Wahpeton students were let out early today as classroom temperatures exceeded 85 degrees. It's a trend that will continue through Wednesday.

District officials say without any air Conditioning they're worried about the safety of nearly 500 some students and staff.

Amanda Krause - Parent: "Even when it's not this hot, it's still hot in that school."

It was a discussion that ignited last Friday: How to keep students and staff sharp as tacks in scorching heat.

Steven Hockert - Principal: "The building is well above 85 degrees on the second floor. It's the humidity. It's just not cooling down at night. We can't cool our building down."

Buses lined up out here in front of Central Elementary will be a familiar scene at least through Wednesday. By Thursday, officials are hoping students will be able to be in school all day long. It's a decision parents we spoke with say they're happy about.

Amanda Krause: "I sent her with water and also made sure that she dressed light so that she wouldn't overheat."

In fact, they're hoping it will push people in the district to vote yes on this years october referendum.

Steven Hockert: "We have a vote coming up for a new school, and I think that will probably make a lot of parents think about voting yes on that. I hope it is, because I think that would be a good thing for these kids."

For the time being, Principal Steve Hockert says they're turning off lights, using fans and helping to keep students hydrated with popsicles.

Steven Hockert: "We told gym teachers to limit the activity and do more station types of things instead of the running up and down the gym."

Playing it safe can add up in a hurry. The district is shelling out extra cash for bus drivers to run the extra noon route, and students will have to make up the missed days.

Steven Hockert: "We have to make up minute for minute the days that we lose."

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