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Students, Teachers Try to Stay Cool in School

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Mankato schools were feeling the heat this afternoon. And while classes remained on schedule, faculty and staff were forced to get creative to keep the students motivated to learn.

Only a small portion of the schools in the Mankato area have the luxury of air conditioning.

And with today's hot weather, the students and staff were thinking outside the box to find ways to beat the heat.

Brian Gersich says, "Well the typical things we do is obviously we keep our windows open and have a lot of fans blowing, really trying to circulate as much fresh air as we possibly can. If you walk down our hallways you can see that our teachers tend to turn off the lights and we stop using some of the projectors, anything that would emit some additional heat, trying to limit that use so there are a lot of classrooms that are dark right now by design, trying to use our natural light as opposed to light."

But even without these fixtures, the heat is on.

Brian Gersich says, "Students, staff, we're all a little uncomfortable as things go through so the challenges really are trying to focus our students on learning what we're trying to do here early in the school year, while still trying to understand that people are really uncomfortable with this heat. The sweat and that kind of thing can be a distraction.

And while some schools outside of Mankato cancelled classes, District 77 says they are prepared should they have to make the call to ring the bell and say class dismissed.

Sheri Allen says, "I will say that if it was an extreme that would also something. It's not the number of days any more that are required, it's the number of hours past, and we're way past in fact the elementary, middle and high school hours that are expected of a student in a year. But like anything if it was heat or extreme winter, we would monitor those hours and make sure we are in those state guidelines."

Superintendent Allen also says that faculty and staff are well trained to know the warning signs of heat–related illnesses.

And students....just remember...in a few weeks we'll be talking snow days.