With temperatures hotter than 90 degrees, it was a short school day in Roscoe Tuesday.
Edmunds Central dismissed classes at 2 p.m. because of the heat. Only a few rooms in the district’s old, three-story building have air conditioning. That made concentrating on any kind of work difficult.
"It's kind of hard because you're focusing on trying to keep yourself cool," junior Cole Holtz said.
"It definitely makes it worse because you're so hot and it's just hard to pay attention," junior Hayden Beyers said.
The school let students carry water to class and teachers, including David Hettick, encouraged students to keep hydrated.
By early afternoon, classrooms on the third floor were already approaching 90 degrees. With an old building, those were conditions students at Edmunds Central had faced in the past.
"Actually, it's been pretty nice up until this week so far this summer. And now that school starts, that's when it seems like every year it just starts to heat up," Hettick said.
The school year started Monday for Edmunds Central students and the district already had planned an early release for the first day. Heat caused a shortened second day. Students we spoke with weren't sure the trade off was worth it.
"I'd rather sit in a cooler school," Beyers said.
"Depends, I suppose," Holtz said. "If you're up here in the top floor gets really humid and hot."
Fans were running but without air conditioning, students and teachers can only rely on the weather to change those conditions.
The district doesn't have a set outdoor temperature that'll lead to an early dismissal. Administrators look at various factors. They let out early Tuesday because Monday was hot and the building didn't have a chance to cool before temperatures started rising again.