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Schools deal with the heat

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Wednesday's heat advisory had some Mid-Michigan teachers and students sweltering in the classroom.

WNEM TV-5 has learned that some teachers weren't pleased with the fact that they had to deal with hot buildings and students who find it hard to focus in the heat.

Bay City superintendent Doug Newcomb joins school district heads across the region in making sure students and staff can safely deal with the hot temperatures we've experienced this week.

"I think that we really haven't had it this hot, this early in June for quite some time," said Newcomb.

Most classrooms in his district feature air conditioning, which was installed just a few years ago. But school personnel keep a close eye on students who go outside during recess. 

Newcomb says, "You try to watch people, monitor what's going on if you see kids that are seemingly having distress then we'll take them in, you know, out of the heat, if they're on the playground, making sure that they're hydrated, making sure that they're not outside too long."

Unfortunately some other districts, including Saginaw, don't have AC, and teachers, including one that emailed TV5, are concerned about the potential health risks of working in a hot box.

And from what TV5 can tell, there are no rules and regulations governing hot weather and schools.

TV5 checked with Saginaw school district officials on Wednesday to find out what they're doing to help students stay cool. But a district spokeswoman said they're simply too busy to answer our question.

At Arthur Hill, we noticed some classroom windows open and AC units in the administration section of the building.

Meanwhile, back in Bay City, Newcomb says this hot spell is just the latest strange weather districts have had to contend with. "Weather has been goofy this year all over the country, and you just try to deal with it the best way you can when you see it," said Newcomb.

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