Box Elder schools to send kids home early to beat the heat

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BRIGHAM CITY, Utah, Sept. 2, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — With the impending late season heat wave, the Box Elder School District has announced they’ll be sending kids home early to beat the heat.

“As we looked at next week’s weather forecast and are aware of record-setting temperatures on Tuesday, Sept. 6 and Wednesday, Sept 7, we are extending our minimum days (4 hours) for those two days,” reads a letter posted Thursday on the district website from Superintendent Steven Carlsen to parents. “Pre-school and kindergarten will not start until Sept. 8 as well.”

Exact hours will vary from school to school, but generally four hours will replace the typically 8-hour schedules, officials said, with children sent home in the early afternoon so they needn’t spend the hottest hours of the day in school buildings.

“We are aware of the burden this places on working parents for daycare but we feel strongly that we need to continue with minimum days for these two days,” Carlsen writes.

He also asks that parents send their sires to school with water bottles to use throughout the mornings. “We have instructed principals and teachers to allow water bottles into the classrooms.”

The letter further advises “if your child has any health condition that would make it hard for them to attend even a half day, please know you can excuse your child and they will be allowed to make up any work they may miss.

“Thank you for understanding this situation and working with the school district to help school get off to the best start we can with the conditions we are presented with.”


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