Decatur public schools will release students after three hours of instruction on Monday and Tuesday because of forecast heat conditions, the school district said Sunday.
The National Weather Service at Lincoln on Sunday issued a heat advisory until 7 p.m. Tuesday. High temperatures are expected to be in the lower 90s, with heat indices spiking from 100 to 107 degrees Fahrenheit in the afternoon.
Spokeswoman Maria Robertson said in a statement that students would be dropped off at their normal bus stops. Pershing Early Learning Center morning programs will dismiss at noon, and the afternoon program will not be in session.
All elementary athletic practices or games are canceled. Middle and high school practices and game cancellations will be determined by building administration following Illinois Elementary School Association and Illinois High School Association guidelines for heat.
High school open houses will take place as scheduled. Any special education students without a latchkey agreement who do not have an adult present at their homes will be released to Harris Elementary School.
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School also will dismiss at 1:30 p.m. because of the heat, but will offer extended care until 5:30, the school said.
Central A&M also will release students early on Monday and Tuesday. Students will be dismissed from Bond and Gregory elementary schools at 12:45 p.m., and from the middle and high schools at 1 p.m. Afternoon pre-K will come from noon to 12:45 p.m.