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Portland heat wave means early out for last day of summer school

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The heat wave put an early end to summer school in Portland Wednesday.

The record-breaking temperatures led to some miserable conditions at Benson High School, where a combination of brick walls and no air conditioning turned classrooms into toasters.

The conditions prompted Portland Public Schools to shorten the last day of summer school, sending some 1,300 students out the door at 12:15 p.m. on their final day of class.

Students spent the morning taking their finals in some fairly warm classrooms before heading out to enjoy the rest of summer.

Staff showed up at 4:30 a.m. to open windows in an effort to cool down the building, and they said they took extra precautions to make sure the shortened day ran smoothly

“We went around and made sure all the water jugs throughout the building were plugged in and keeping the water cool and made sure they had multiple jugs of water next to them,” Summer Scholars administrator David Holm explained. “There are fans in every single classroom for the students.”

School staffers said some of their class rooms reached 90 degrees Wednesday morning. The Portland Interscholastic League also canceled all optional sports workouts after noon Wednesday, but there is no word on what they plan yet for Thursday.

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