OXNARD, Calif. - Due to high temperatures and a lack of air conditioning, schools in the Oxnard Union high school district experienced shortened school days on Monday and Tuesday.
As the temperature continued to rise, many students and faculty were forced to sit in non-air conditioned classrooms.
Mark Contreras who is the principal at Rio Mesa says it's too hot to keep students in classrooms.
“It seems like the teachers are doing their best to place fans and keep lights off to cool down classrooms, but unfortunately it’s so unbearable," said Contreras. "The district approves minimum day is good because the students still get to have a learning opportunity and then get released at a appropriate time so they can get home and get hydrated and stay cool.”
The Oxnard Union High School District insist that their schools take minimum days when temperatures reach 90 degrees in two consecutive days.
Along with early dismissals, physical education classes and sports practices were also cancelled.
A spokesperson from Rio Mesa implored Oxnard residents to support future bond measures to fund air conditioning in schools.
The National Weather Service predicts Ventura County will have some of the warmest temperatures through the week. On Monday Camarillo and Oxnard had record breaking temperature. Tuesday's forecast is worse.
“Things will peak tomorrow," said Mark Jackson, Meteorologist at the National Weather Service. "We will have the warmest temperatures tomorrow as well as the strongest North East winds through Ventura County and Los Angeles County.”