Heat wave forces local districts to close some schools

September 2, 2011

The Associated Press

Some Illinois school children received an extra-long holiday weekend on Friday due to high temperatures and the lack of air conditioning in their schools.

In suburban Chicago, Indian Prairie District 204 closed 19 elementary schools in Naperville, Aurora and Bolingbrook on Friday because those schools don't have air conditioning. School officials say they decided to shut the schools because multiple days of high temperatures mean the school buildings haven't been cooling down enough overnight to make holding classes possible.

In central Illinois, the school districts in Champaign, Danville and other areas planned to dismiss students early on Friday.

However, it was class as usual for students at schools with air conditioning.