Wake working on school AC problems

Wake County school officials are working to fix air-conditioning problems at five schools that have led to unpleasant conditions due to the heat wave.

Repair crews are working at Lockhart Elementary School and Wakefield Middle School. School officials said they also plan to work at Durant Road, Hilburn and Salem elementary schools and Salem Middle School.

Conditions got so uncomfortable today that students were sent home early from Wakefield Middle. School remained open at the other campuses.

Crews will work through the weekend to fix the units before classes resume Monday, according to Bill Poston, a school district spokesman.

Crews finished repairs at Baucom Elementary School, Longview School and Moore Square Middle School.

Due to the warm weather, principals have been provided with guidelines to monitor outdoor activities for students.

The school district is also encouraging parents to dress their children in light-colored, light-weight, loose fitting natural fiber clothing.

Children are encouraged to carry water bottles and drink plenty of water. Parents are asked to remind their children to stay hydrated by not to waiting until they are thirsty to drink water.