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Schools Help Keep Students Cool in the Heat

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It may feel like we're just now hitting the dog days of summer.

Several schools in Fargo and Grand Forks have closed or altered their schedules due to the heat.

We talked to a few schools in Bismarck to see how they're coping with the high temperatures.

Steph Scheurer has the details.

Schools in Bismarck are doing everything they can to keep students and staff cool.

Temperatures have been in the upper 90s and are forecasted to continue throughout the week.

"It has been difficult being a teacher in the heat because, you know, we aren't used to it and I like to be active and up moving around with my kiddos so it's hard to do that when it is so hot," says Nicole Gabel, Third Grade Teacher.

Standup: "Several schools in North Dakota have closed recently due to the near 100 degree temperatures. However, Bismarck schools are still toughing it out and finding other ways to beat the heat."

"It's been helping doing cold lunches, not having the hot entree," says Teresa Fettig, Lunch Lady, Grimsrud Elementary.

"We have a five gallon cooler with ice and water for the students to use with a bucket of ice that they can keep an ice cold glass of water anytime they want," says Joe Kalvoda, Principal at South Central High School.

"We have provided water bottles for all of the kids and a lot of kids have actually brought water bottles to school. We also have the big water coolers - two of them at each end so we really encourage them to drink water," says Willie Nelson, Principal at Grimsrud Elementary School.

Phys Ed classes also keep physical activity to a minimum and students alternate between rooms that are air conditioned to give them a chance to cool down.

Despite this heat wave, staff, students, and families keep a positive attitude and are doing everything they can to make sure the kids are safe and hydrated.

In Bismarck for KX News, I'm Stephanie Scheurer.

Tamara Uselman, Superintendent of Bismarck Public Schools says the reason schools won't close in Bismarck is because children's safety comes first.

She says not every home is air conditioned and she understands the difficulty to find emergency childcare on short notice.

Tamara says they will continue to monitor the conditions closely.

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