By: Tim Studebaker

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WLNE) – It’s another week with another round of kids heading back to school.

South Kingstown School Superintendent Dr. Kristen Stringfellow says, “We had a great opening day.”

But, with hot and humid weather, Tuesday brought another round of early dismissals for multiple cities and towns, South Kingstown included.

Stringfellow says, “Student health and teacher health is our utmost priority, and we want to make sure that the classrooms' temperature is conducive to learning.”

The situation was made even more complicated by the boil water advisory in place for this part of the state.

Stringfellow says, “In addition to the water bottles we handed them in the beginning, they have access to free water bottles during the day.”

South Kingstown also cancelled after-school activities for the day, leaving fields and bleachers empty.

Stringfellow says, “We certainly need our students well hydrated, and we don't need them to have some sort of a medical emergency on our playing field.”

Senator Lou Raptakis of Coventry recently pushed for school to start after Labor Day statewide because of the heat, but even that wouldn't have helped here in South Kingstown where students already start after Labor Day.

Stringfellow says, “There are certainly times where it looks great to start before Labor Day, and then you're not going in the very end of June.  On the other hand, if you go after Labor Day, you're getting the heat one way or another.”

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