Today's forecast of up to 98 degrees in the Chicago area has already affected some area schools without central air.
Oak Park Elementary School District 97 is proceeding with the regular school day today, but will be taking precautions to protect students and staff, District 97 spokesman Chris Jasculca said Tuesday.
In addition to taking frequent water breaks in all District 97 schools, Jasculca said the district may suspend outdoor activities, and will maximize the use of the air conditioned portions of its facilities.
"We delivered cases of water and fans to each of our elementary schools first thing this morning," he said, as the elementary schools only have air conditioning in portions of their buildings.
"We will closely monitor the conditions in our buildings throughout the day and adjust our plans as needed to preserve the physical well-being of our children," Jasculca said.
He said the district will notify the community of any significant changes via an automated phone message, e-mail, the district’s family of Web sites and the local media.
The National Weather Service issued a special weather advisory Tuesday morning, warning of record-breaking temperatures this afternoon.
"Conditions like this can cause extra stress on those prone to heat illness such as young children... the elderly... and those who work outdoors or in hot buildings," NWS warns.
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