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East Moline District Responds To Concerned Parents

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Many students in The Quad Cities were let out early yet again due to the heat. It is an issue that is affecting thousands of students throughout the area. While many districts have air conditioning, some including East Moline-do not.

The schools have been struggling during these past few heat waves. They have already had 6-days of early dismissals because their buildings are not currently climate controlled.

Parents have been raising concerns with this. Some say they're worried about their kids not getting enough class time. While others say it's not a big deal because it does not happen that often.

Superintendent Kristin Humphries says the lack of air conditioning makes it harder for teachers and students alike. But the money to add A/C is just not there right now. The district needs about 7-million dollars to have their buildings climate controlled.  

He says the school board is looking into ways to find a solution in the near future.

"We've gone through a process where we've gone through a long range strategic plan, and climate controlling our buildings is a part of that plan. As a community, ultimately, as board of education we have to decide when is the right time to get that done in for our students and our staff. It needs to happen in the next few years," he said.

He says it would be hard for students to focus on what they're learning under these hot conditions, and that it's better and safer for kids to go home an hour or so earlier. He also says they always let parents know a day in advance about early dismissals so parents can accommodate.