HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii schools are asking parents and students to prepare for a sweltering kick-off to the new school year.
Classes resume Aug. 1, as summer temperatures soar statewide.
The state Department of Education is asking school administrators and parents to review its guidance on preventing heat illness.
Schools Superintendent Kathy Matayoshi said the DOE met with school officials recently to discuss some options to keep kids cooler. One suggestion: Move kids to cooler areas of the campus.
The DOE has also been working to cool classrooms statewide, though recent efforts have hit snags because of soaring costs.
So far, some 400 portable classrooms have been fitted with heat reflective materials, ceiling fans have been installed in 139 classrooms, and 109 classrooms have been equipped with portable air conditioners.