to send my kids back to schools WITHOUT air conditioning systems when the temperature will reach 99 on Monday?? If it were any other day but the first day of school (which they are looking forward to purely for social reasons) I would refuse to take them until the temperatures dropped. After spending just a half-hour sweltering in Sophie's classroom at back to school night, I can't imagine what all day is going to be like for these kids. Why do I send them to sit for hours in a stuffy, hot, cramped classroom with 25-30 other students conforming to the state mandated curriculum? I'm not sure, except to say that it would only be an matter of hours before they sent me to the nut house if I attempted home school :-).