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School buses not running in Kamloops school district due to extreme heat

June 28, 2021 - 9:55 AM

School District 73 is suspending school bus service for for the last two days of the school year.

With the record-breaking heat wave, the Kamloops-area school district has decided to park its 85 school buses on June 28 and 29, according to a news release from the school district.

"With temperatures expected to continue reaching the mid-forties over the next few days, we believe it is not safe to transport students to and from school in unairconditioned buses," superintendent Terry Sullivan said in the release.

The heat wave has broken all time temperature records in Kamloops in the Okanagan this weekend, with Kamloops reaching 44 Celsius on Sunday. Kelowna peaked at 41.5 C, but is expected to reach higher this week. In Kamloops, Monday is expected to reach a high of 44 C and 45 C on Tuesday.

Sun Peaks School has cancelled classes for the last two days of the school year because most of their portables lack air conditioning.

All other schools in the district are open, so parents are welcome to drop their children off for class.

Any scheduled field trips will have alternate transportation arrangements, and parents should expect to be contacted.

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