MINNEAPOLIS - Back-to-school preparations at Minneapolis Public Schools have been expanded to deal with a forecast that includes excessive heat and humidity.
MPS students start the school year on Monday. The district has already started to cool buildings. They will provide extra water and are promoting safety tips for families and staff members.
In addition, the district has canceled all outdoor after-school athletics practices for Monday.
Temperatures over the next several days are expected to top 90 degrees with high dew points.
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning through Tuesday in Hennepin and Ramsey counties.
"We ask that parents prepare students for the excessive heat by dressing children in light-colored, light-weight, loose fitting clothing and ensuring that they have plenty of fluids to stay hydrated," said Rachel Hicks, Media Relations and Public Affairs Director, in a news release.
The school district has 18 schools that do not have any air conditioning. Eleven schools have partial AC and 36 have full AC.
"MPS staff members are also being reminded about the signs and symptoms of heat illness and make sure any known at-risk individuals are monitored," Hicks said in the release.
In addition some school buses also don't have AC. According to a district spokesperson water will also be provided for those students.
For tips on staying cool, go to the Minnesota Department of Health's website.
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