How schools tackle extreme heat without AC

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — With the start of the 2019-2020 school year right around the corner, News 8 decided to look into the number of districts fully equipped with air conditioning.

News 8 reached out to dozens of West Michigan superintendents to see if their classrooms are fully equipped with air conditioning. Out of the ones who responded, these are the districts that don’t have air conditioning in every classroom: Vestaburg Community Schools, Reeths-Puffer Schools, Montague Area Public Schools, Godfrey-Lee Public Schools, Holton Public Schools, Hastings Area Schools, Portage Public Schools, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Plainwell Community Schools, Fruitport Community Schools and Gull Lake Community Schools.

Godfrey-Lee Public Schools Superintendent Kevin Polston said when high temperatures arise, he consults the National Weather Service heat index chart for guidance on when to close. He also follows guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on when to take caution and the Michigan High School Athletic Association guidelines on when to cancel sports practice and competitions.