Nashua students sweat out start of school year

NASHUA – School got off to a hot start in the city Tuesday, as temperatures soared into the upper 90s.

High school freshmen and elementary school students headed to class with full backpacks and new supplies, while upperclassmen will join them today and kindergarten will officially start Sept. 4.

With more oppressive heat projected for today, and air conditioning only at the high schools and Birch Hill and Main Dunstable Elementary schools, district officials are urging students to dress in light clothing and to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Most of the schools have dehumidifiers, according to Superintendent Jahmal Mosley, which helps lower humidity in the classrooms.

Dr. Crisp Elementary School Principal Cherrie Fulton said the temperature inside the building exceeded 80 degrees just during the first half of the day Monday.

Mosley said Tuesday he is unaware of any district-wide policy concerning “heat days.” However, as with any inclement weather situation, they will always monitor conditions carefully.

Despite the heat and humidity, Mosley said that by most accounts, it was a successful first day of school for the 2018-19 academic term.

“We have some great new people coming on board and we’re full steam ahead,” Mosley said, adding he hopes there will be limited snow days this year.

They are one day into the term with “179 to go,” he said.

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