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Portland schools preparing students for hot temps Friday

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Teachers at Llewellyn Elementary in Sellwood are preparing for higher temperatures by adding fans and drawing shades in the non-air-conditioned classrooms. (KPTV) Teachers at Llewellyn Elementary in Sellwood are preparing for higher temperatures by adding fans and drawing shades in the non-air-conditioned classrooms. (KPTV)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The temperatures on Friday will hover around 90 degrees, and that could make for a steamy day for kids at schools with no air conditioning.

Unfortunately, most Portland schools, like Llewellyn Elementary in Sellwood, do not have AC.

District leaders said the materials this old building was constructed with actually help to keep it cool, though.

Llewellyn is a two-story building, and while many might think that top floor would get hot fast, the bricks the building and most of the older schools in the district work as insulation, keeping the building cool.

School officials said this insulation means it would take several hot days in a row for the school to become uncomfortable.

Teachers are being proactive to keep students cool. They have fans going, and also open their classroom windows in the morning to let the cool, fresh air in and then they close them in the afternoon and pull down the shades.

Sue Harding, whose grandchildren go to the school, said the teachers and staff do a great job of keeping kids comfortable.

“My grandkids have not complained at all, and my oldest son went to school here, or my youngest son, and he’s never complained,” she explained. “You know it’s pretty insulated inside and the teachers try to keep the blinds closed.”

Christine Miles with Portland Public Schools is advising parents to help their students beat the heat by packing water and looking at what kids are wearing to school.

“So the fact that we’re going into just a couple days of warm weather, it’s just a good reminder that the kids should bring a water bottle and wear light colored clothing to keep them cool outside,” she said.

Miles also wanted to remind parents that while they might be pulling out the short sleeve shirts and shorts for the kids to wear tomorrow, they should leave the flip flops at home.

Because of slips and falls, flip flops are not allowed at Portland elementary schools.

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