Heat brings early dismissal at Marshalltown High School

Monday brings a 1 p.m. dismissal for Marshalltown High School students due to heat.

The early out follows a pattern of issues related to high heat at the high school, which is not fully air-conditioned.

This is the first heat-related delay of the 2019-20 school year. Similar delays took place last school year, when district Communications Director Andrew Potter said the previous two school years prior to last year averaged two or three heat-related early outs.

The National Weather Service shows the heat index for Marshalltown Monday reaching 94 degrees. Iowa Department of Public Health guidelines show that heat index is rated as “uncomfortable” but does not meet the “may be hazardous” mark of 100 degrees.

Community members have advocated for getting the high school fully air-conditioned. One prominent voice has been local attorney Larry McKibben, who spoke at a 2018 school board meeting calling for such a measure and for the community to help make it happen.