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After School Options On Early Dismissal Days

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--For the second consecutive day, the hot, humid weather sent students home early across the corridor and Eastern Iowa.  

One viewer asked - what are parents to do with kids who are normally expected to be in school? We found out.

Its 1:15 and school is out two hours early because of the heat.

"We are actually going to go home and have a little rest and then we are going to go swimming, said Kris Lumb who came to Hoover Elementary to pick up her children.

"We're going to go down to the public library and they've got the outside fountain so it will kind of help with the heat, said another parent, Fiona Johnson.

Planning ahead on early dismissal days is something many parents have to do, at the last minute.

That's because not all districts have after school programs on early dismissal days
In Iowa City, for example, some schools have the programs others like Hoover Elementary don't.

"Other programs rely a lot on university employees so several days a row makes it difficult for them to change their hours so we're working with those programs, said director of community relations for the Iowa City Community School District, Kate Moreland.

District officials say many of their after school programs are run through Coralville and North Liberty parks and recreation.

Even though places like the Iowa City parks and rec centers are open, there aren't really any specific programs for students to participate in because it's hard to plan for the unexpected.

"It's hard for us to determine when that's going to happen-when they are let out for either hot or cold, said director of Iowa City parks and recreation, Michael Moran.

So on days like this, parents are left scrambling.

"Cuts the productive work day short, said Johnson.

"It is what it is, Lumb said.

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