Heat schedule in force at Waukegan schools
News-Sun staff report August 26, 2013 2:58PM
Cooling centers in Waukegan
Waukegan Police Department also remind residents to stay cool and check on neighbors. Following is a list of cooling centers in the city.
• Waukegan Public Library, 128 N. County, (847) 623-2041: Monday-Wednesday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
• Waukegan Township Park Place, 414 S. Lewis, (847) 244-9242: Monday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Tuesday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Wednesday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This facility is designed for those ages 55 and older.
• Waukegan Park District Belvidere Recreational Center, 412 S. Lewis, (847) 360-4700: Open daily from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Waukegan Park District Jack Benny Center, 39 Jack Benny Drive, (847) 360-4740: Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
• Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services, 2740 Grand Ave., (847) 244-8474. Open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Illinois Department of Human Services, 3235 Belvidere Road, Park City, (847) 336-5212. Open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
The department also has a “Premise Alert Program” available on the city’s web site http://www.waukeganil.gov/. Once on the home page, please go to the “Neighborhood Policing Officers” link, where a form and information are available.
This program allows citizens to notify the Waukegan’s Police and Fire departments of individuals that have special needs or disabilities. With this information, both departments will be informed of any specific need for an individual or residence, if called to respond.
Updated: October 26, 2013 2:33AM
Waukegan schools are on an abbreviated heat schedule Monday and Tuesday in anticipation of extremely warm and humid weather, and they are discussing whether that would be added to later in the week when high temperatures return.
“We understand it’s difficult to teach and it’s difficult to learn in an environment that’s uncomfortable,” said Nick Alajakis, school spokesman. Only one school, Miguel Juarez Middle School, is fully air conditioned, and only recent additions at the other schools have air conditioning.
The abbreviated schedule means the school day will be shortened between 28 and 50 minutes, with students getting on buses an hour earlier and coming home earlier in the day. The schedule gets most students heading home or home about the time temperatures usually peak during the early afternoon.
All middle schools and early-start elementary schools (Cooke and Lyon) will begin at 7 a.m. and middle schools will dismiss at 1:05 p.m. and early-start elementary schools will dismiss at 12:40 p.m., said the school in a press release.
High school campuses and late-start elementary schools will begin at 8 a.m. Zero period classes at Waukegan High School will begin at 7:15 a.m. and high schools will dismiss at 2:05 p.m. and late-start elementary schools will dismiss at 1:40 p.m., the release said.
The Illinois School Code allows for the use of interrupted school days for “adverse weather conditions.” The National Weather Service was predicting temperatures in Waukegan to be in the low- to mid-90s on Monday and Tuesday.
As part of the abbreviated heat schedule, students who ride the bus to school are asked to be at their bus stops one hour earlier than normal.
District officials will continue to monitor the weather forecast and determine at a later time if the heat schedule will be extended to later in the week. All updates will be posted on the District web site, www.wps60.org.