CANTON, Ga. (AP) -- Schools are reopening in Cherokee County, a week earlier than most metro Atlanta district, and the first subject is how to deal with the heat.
Cherokee County, which has about 40,000 students, scheduled its first day of classes for Monday.
Cherokee County school officials are allowing students to carry water bottles on school buses until temperatures cool down. The National Weather Service says that won't happen this week.
School administrators say they'll work to minimize the time students spend on school buses during loading and departure, and schools without air conditioning in their gymnasiums will be allowed to purchase floor fans.
Nearly 1,000 students in grades K-7 will begin classes on Aug. 15 at Cherokee Charter Academy.