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Classes dismissed early at Raleigh middle school

Posted June 6, 2008

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— With temperatures forecast to hit the triple digits, school officials dismissed classes at Wakefield Middle School at 10:45 a.m. Friday so repair crews could continue to work on the school's cooling system.

Wake County Public School System officials said in a news release the system has not been working at capacity for several days.

Maintenance staff expect it to be repaired and working by Monday, a news release stated. The school year ends Tuesday.

Parents were notified by the school system's telephone messenger system and buses were provided to transport bus riders. School staff were staying with students until they all had a way home.

Wakefield, in North Raleigh, has about 1,200 students and operates on the traditional calendar.


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  • bushretard Jun 6, 2008

    What? are we now raising a bunch of wimps that can't stand a little heat? Man, I had to trudge to school 10 miles over blazing hot sand - no shoes - in 90 degree weather...and it was uphill both ways...

  • colliedave Jun 6, 2008

    Reason being is that windows on schools and commercial buildings built these days can not be opened.

    And who is the genuis that designed these buildings?

  • owlady Jun 6, 2008

    Schools got out for the summer in May just a few short years ago. It is early to have this much heat. They made the right call.

  • durham_nc Jun 6, 2008

    I don't think any of you would be able to last very long in a school these days without AC. Reason being is that windows on schools and commercial buildings built these days can not be opened. When it is 100 degrees outside, it can easily be 120+ inside when you fill it full of people and computers.
    No breeze, no fans, just hot stagnate air.
    No need to call kids soft, I don't think anyone could sit and concentrate in that environment.

  • LibertarianTechie Jun 6, 2008

    If any of these kids had a heat-related problem, the parents would go the court house to sue this afternoon. That is why the students are being let out early. Very sad it has to be done this way.

  • Spartacus Jun 6, 2008

    None of my schools had AC either, and guess how many times we went home early due to heat: Zip. Kids are so soft these days.

  • colliedave Jun 6, 2008

    I grew up in Tampe, Florida and none of my schools had A/C. Didn't get out due to the heat.

  • smcallah Jun 6, 2008

    I remember going to Broughton before they had AC, we'd get out early almost every day in June and some days at the beginning of the year. Getting out early in June is nice, since it's the end of the year and finals and everything are done anyway.

  • MaplesMom Jun 6, 2008

    I remember getting out of school early for heat. The temps had to reach 88* inside before the decision was made. I'm sure all schools have AC now. That was 1988.

  • MizzZeta Jun 6, 2008

    I'm sure the students must be devastated...