MMSD introduces “cool zones,” other changes amid high temps

Published: Sep. 4, 2023 at 3:07 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - With the Madison Metropolitan School District school year starting soon, the district has announced some changes and policies being introduced to keep students safe in the heat.

Temperatures for the start of the school year on Tuesday are expected to hit 92° with high humidity, making air conditioning and hydration a necessity.

The district says they plan to open on Tuesday anyway, and are working to keep kids safe through:

  • free bottled water in schools
  • rotating students through “cool zones” -- air-conditioned parts of schools -- when possible
  • staying in the shade
  • limiting activity inside and outside
  • consistent hydration breaks
  • prioritizing fans in classrooms
  • increasing air-conditioning overnight to keep buildings cool

The district also suggests parents send kids to school in lightweight clothing.

Schools will stay open in heat indexes of 100-104, but will close in the case of an Excessive Heat Warning, when heat indexes are over 105°, MMSD said.

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