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Published August 28, 2013, 12:00 PM

6 Fargo schools close remainder of week due to heat

FARGO – The Fargo School District announced Wednesday that classes for five of its elementary schools will be canceled for the rest of the week due to the recent extreme heat.

By: Helmut Schmidt, INFORUM, Helmut Schmidt, INFORUM

FARGO – The Fargo School District announced Wednesday that classes for five of its elementary schools will be canceled for the rest of the week due to the recent extreme heat.

Classes at Clara Barton, Horace Mann, Lewis and Clark, McKinley and Roosevelt elementary schools are being canceled for Thursday and Friday, the district announced in a news release.

Classes at those schools had earlier been canceled Monday through Wednesday because of high temperatures and high humidity and those buildings’ lack of air conditioning systems.

All other schools in the district will be open as normal.

The hot, sticky weather without relief overnight is not allowing the district’s elementary schools without air conditioning to cool at night. Weather forecasts show relief in the temperatures next week; therefore, classes will resume after Labor Day on Tuesday, the district announced.

To make up the days lost, the school day for these schools will be extended 30 minutes each day from Sept. 30 through Dec. 20. More information on this extension will be sent to families from building level principals.

Matt Strinden, the director of teacher and school effectiveness for the state’s Department of Public Instruction, told Forum News Service that the Fargo School District is the only one in the state that has called off school due to temperatures in the 90s.

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