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JPS Elementary students return to school without air conditioning

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There was no air conditioning  for some J.P.S. students returning for the first day of school as temperatures sizzled. It happened Monday at an elementary school, and district officials are scrambling to make adjustments. 

"Even now since I picked him up, it's still no air," said Woodville Heights Elementary parent Latoya McCormick.

The concerned mother said her five year old's first day of kindergarten was miserable because he suffered through a day of searing heat and no air.
 Other parents we spoke with at Woodville Heights said their children had no problems. 

"Well not in my baby's classroom. he's in a portable outside, not in the outside. i don't know about what's going on up in the school," added McCormick.
The official high temperature Monday in Jackson reached 103 degrees, tying the record.

Sherwin Johnson, JPS Executive Director of Public and Media Relations,  said  the district activated the air conditioning several days in advance of the beginning of school to cool the large buildings and as students and employees returned to school, they discovered areas in some schools with higher than normal temperatures. 

He said they are moving students to cooler areas of the buildings when possible, allowing extended breaks, and providing bottled water and fans when available. Principals will keep parents informed of the progress. 

 Officials said the district is working to reduce or eliminate the problem and making the necessary repairs to the air conditioning systems.

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