DENVER (CBS4)– Denver Public Schools want to keep students cool when hot weather strikes. A total of 50 buildings in DPS don’t have air conditioning.

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Heather Showman, a social worker at Stedman Elementary, has learned to adapt an old furnace to help control the temperature. Sometimes she has to open the windows, even if it’s snowing outside.

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But she said it’s harder for her kids to keep their cool after spring break.

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DPS is considering offering an alternative calendar option for schools without air conditioning. Those schools would start a few weeks later to avoid the late summer heat, without sacrificing any instructional time.

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“It’s really frustrating to tell kids every day, ‘I’m really sorry that you’re hot. I’m really sorry that you’re thirsty. I know you’re doing you’re best but we still have to try and learn.’It’s really hard as a child to understand not having those basic needs,” said Showman.

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Next week, DPS will survey administrators in schools without air conditioning to see how they feel about an alternative calendar.