Junior high in Ventura closes early because of heat

VENTURA, IA – Students at schools around Iowa were released from school early today on account of the extreme heat.

Ventura principal Debra Steenhard says these early releases are important because of how exhausting the heat can be.

“To spend an entire day in a setting that’s not air conditioned it does kind of wear you out I mean these kids would be worn out on a typical day because they’re doing lots of work in their classes and you know it’s a busy setting and so to add heat on top of it, it really does take its toll on people,” Steenhard said.

That can include the teachers who have to lead class in the hot rooms, like 7th and 8th grade social studies teacher, Greg Hiemstra.

Today he wins the award that no one was hoping receive but his classroom was the hottest and stuffiest in the school.

He has his own tactics of keeping everyone cool throughout the day.

“A fan and as little movement as possible. Try to keep the computers off too cause they get really hot,” Hiemstra said.

While it may seem a little early in the school year for weather to interrupt class, Principal Steenhard said these two days of early releases won’t have too much of an impact on the rest of the year.

“Because we are able to get the students here for a portion of the day, the day will count,” Steenhard said.

After tomorrow’s early release, the school days should be back to normal.

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