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Schools finding ways to stay cool in the heat

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

 After a relentless winter, it seems like summer might be here to stay.

But those snow days we had added up, and will leave some children in class until the end of June.

For schools without air conditioning classrooms can get sticky, but students and schools have a few tricks to keep cool.
 
J’Den Serrano is a fifth-grader at Boland School in Springfield, so he has air conditioning to cool off in the last few hot weeks of the school year. 

He remembers what it was like at his old school with no AC and he knows how to get crafty like making paper fans.

Azell Cavaan, Spokesperson for Springfield Public Schools, told Western Mass News some of the tricks of the trade.

“Pull the blinds, close them as much as possible. If it’s really hot outside the kids wouldn’t go outside for recess or gym. Students still have to wear uniform but we encourage parents to put their kids in lighter clothing," said Cavaan. 
 
Many parents do just that by picking out short-sleeved shirts for warmer school days. 

Gabriela Martinez said she’d rather do that than dress her son for a snowy day.
 
“Winter is all cold. Be nice in school, drink water and eat whole food," said Martinez. 
 
Among some of the larger cities in the Pioneer Valley, students in Springfield go to school until June 21.

Students in Greenfield and Chicopee go until the 22nd, and Northampton’s earlier on the 20th.
 
While some local school buildings have air conditioning, others do not, so all schools have to get a bit creative sometimes to keep the classrooms cool.

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