High temps, hot schools send several students to NUMC

Roosevelt Junior-Senior High School let students out early Tuesday after extreme temperatures sent four students and a teacher to the hospital. School officials say the students and teacher were overcome

News 12 Staff

Jun 10, 2008, 11:22 PM

Updated 5,876 days ago

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Roosevelt Junior-Senior High School let students out early Tuesday after extreme temperatures sent four students and a teacher to the hospital.
School officials say the students and teacher were overcome by heat in the classrooms. They say without air conditioning, the heat was too unbearable for people inside the building.
School officials made the decision to cancel classes hours after the school day began. Some parents had to scramble to pick up their children. Other parents say they are upset their children were exposed to such extreme heat in the first place.
According to school officials, the elementary schools fared well because they are newer buildings.Other districts with old school buildings tried to cope with the heat as well. In Great Neck, school officials brought in fans and conducted classes in hallways or in cooler parts of the schools.
Three students from high schools in Merrick and Uniondale were also sent to the NUMC emergency room. NUMC Medical Director Dr. Steven Walerstein says he doesn?t remember there ever being a time before where schools had to be closed due to the heat.
All the students admitted were treated and released.
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