The unrelenting heat forced more than a dozen Tri-State schools to dismiss early Monday. And many school officials are already planning to send kids home early the rest of the week.
At Hannibal High School, teachers turned up the fans and allowed students to bring water bottles into the classroom to try to keep them cool.
Principal Ted Sampson says administrators take several things into consideration when it comes to letting out early due to heat.
The outside temperature, temperatures in the buildings and even students' reactions are closely monitored.
"Just trying to keep an overall picture of what's going on. Tell teachers to be aware and if they (students) need to see the nurse or if they feel like they're getting over heated we try to take care of those situations as soon as there's any kind of sign of distress," said Sampson.
Administrators say they will dismiss early again Tuesday.
The high school will release at 12:30 p.m., the junior high at 12:55.
As for sports practices, they follow the Missouri High School Athletic Association recommendation that practices start after 6 p.m.
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