By Terry Dean
District 97 is feeling the heat from a fewOak Parkparents upset about their kids sitting in what they describe as boiling hot classrooms in the last few days. Today's (Sept. 10) heat topped nearly 100 degrees. Parents have blanketed the school board and superintendent with a flurry of emails complaining about hot classrooms. Sweat-drenched students at the elementary schools have been forced to endure the heat in un-air-conditioned classrooms, parents say. The middle schools, meanwhile, are air-conditioned. Still, some parents said they weren't going to send their kids to school today. They're also mobilizing to come and speak at tonight's school board during public comments. In an email to the paper this afternoon, D97 spokesperson Chris Jasculca said the schools have taken several precautions today due to the heat, including having frequent water breaks, as well as students and staff utilizing air-conditioned areas in the buildings. Tomorrow, fans and cases of water will be delivered to each building, Jasculca said. Temps tomorrow are again expected in the 90s until the weather starts to cool down the remainder of the week.
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