19 Naperville Elementary Schools Closing For Heat On Friday

Updated 09/01/11 – 5:58 a.m.

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (CBS) — All but two of the elementary schools in Naperville’s Indian Prairie School District 204 will be closed on Friday due to concerns about excessive heat.

Temperatures in the Chicago area are still expected to reach the mid-90s on Friday and some areas could see temperatures close to 100 degrees.

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As a result of the high temperatures in the forecast, Indian Priaire District 204 has decided to cancel classes at 19 elementary schools that do not have air conditioning. The move affects approximately 11,000 students.

The remaining two elementary schools — Owen and Peterson schools — are air conditioned and will remain open. The district’s seven middle schools and five high schools are also operating as normal on Friday.

In a statement, district officials said, “having excessive temperatures for multiple days with little relief at night will not allow our buildings to sufficiently cool down in time to handle tomorrow’s expected high temperatures.”

The YMCA’s Safe n’ Sound program in those schools has also been canceled for Friday.

With temperatures already reaching 90 degrees by early Thursday afternoon, schools in District 204 were taking precautions to keep students comfortable by rotating students through air-conditioned areas, moving all upstairs classes downstairs, taking frequent water breaks and moving classes outside when appropriate.

Thursday afternoon, parents and students applauded the decision to cancel classes on Friday at the 19 schools without air conditioning.

“I think it’s an excellent decision. I actually was thinking of calling the school today and just telling them earlier, like, you know, ‘Can you make it a half a day?’ because it was just so hot and you can’t learn in that type of environment,” said Naperville mother Melissa Martinez.

“I think it’s great because my granddaughter came home yesterday and she was bawling. I mean, you know, her hair was all sweaty,” said Aurora resident Dolores Jones.

“We went downstairs after lunch so we could be, like, a little bit cooler,” said student Eva Barajas.

The district was also making arrangements for parents in need of child care. The YMCA on Schoger Road was offering a supervised program from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday for a $39 fee. Pre-registration is not necessary.

For a complete list of the schools, click here.

  • southside

    Absolute wimps.

  • napervillemom

    having been inside the school for various events, i can say, it’s extremely unpleasant. who builds any public building w/out air conditioning? ridiculous.

    • Kayla

      Exactly! Kids can’t be expected to learn anything–you can’t even breathe in those classrooms.

  • Crystal

    Totally agree… How are our students supposed to learn when they are so hot there are way more then a few days of hot weather…. At the beginning and at the end of the year. All other schools have a/c why not one of the best districts in Illinois I just don’t get it.

  • jstcnw

    Right on, Naperville! I taught at a Catholic school in Joliet that wouldn’t cancel school in mid-winter because there was no heat!

  • jg

    Just a month or two ago there were complaints about CPS and no air-conditioning and everyone called them wimps, how bad they had it in school, etc…where are all those people now that this in Naperville?

  • kathy

    Why would air conditioning matter or not? Back in the day no public schools had air conditioning, weather was still hot humid outside and in, and us kids performed just fine. Kids are kids. If they the kids want to learn they will no matter what. I do agree about providing them with water. Well, just like milk breaks; bring bottles of water to the class room. it’s silly to suspend school. A fancy, rich suburb like Naperville-no air conditioning….come on now. Also, the media, by showing the white mother with her child running outdoors playing in axcessive not only look stupid but made the school(s) lookingn stupid too. If she was any kind of mother she would have kept her child indoors where it’s cool and made him read a book or assist him with hiw homework. Gee! Come now lady where are your brains and concern for your child.

  • Mom

    School used to start after Labor Day. The temperature forecast this year for Labor Day: A high of 67.

  • agenandy

    If I were a parent in that district I would ask how are my tax dollars that go to the school district spent. I would tink installing a/c in the schools would be a top priority.

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