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Students trying to keep cool as heat lingers for the beginning of school

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Students trying to keep cool as heat lingers for the beginning of school (WFSB) Students trying to keep cool as heat lingers for the beginning of school (WFSB)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

The return of the hot and humid weather is back just in time for the beginning of the school year.

The sticky conditions could make it tough for students and staff heading back to class, but many are prepared with open windows and fans running.

St. Martin de Porres Academy Principal Kelly O’Leary said as the temperatures rise, they are trying their best to keep the school and the students cool and comfortable.

"To have air conditioning put through this building would be a half million dollars which we don't have,” O’Leary said about the 120-year-old building.

In addition to the fans in the rooms, students at the private, independent school are encouraged to stay hydrated by taking a trip to the water fountain or keeping water bottles on their desks.

If it gets too hot, outdoor playtime will be limited.

While the building doesn’t have air conditioning, there are four classrooms that have wall units.

"That's our contingency plan to move those kids in the classrooms, to support the students and teachers if things become too hot,” O’Leary said.

While the summer lingers a little while longer, staff and students were still excited about the beginning of the school year.

"Today the enthusiasm of the staff, the kids, their families on the first day is trumping any sort of heat and unpleasantness,” O’Leary said.

The heat is expected to stick around for the rest of the week.

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