Utah classrooms need air conditioning

Sunday , November 05, 2017 - 3:28 PM1 comment

Imagine sitting in a classroom for hours while temperatures climb to 96 degrees. The teacher, sweltering in the heat, has fans going at full blast, but it doesn't really relieve the suffering. Students sit at desks sweltering in the heat. Everyone is just waiting for the bell to ring.

Syracuse Junior High is only one of many schools in Utah where adequate air conditioning is not provided. While computer classrooms and certain areas of the school have good air conditioning, not all classrooms share that luxury. Community council involvement, my email to my school board member,and other parents’ involvement have yielded no results at this point.

I think it's time for every student, teacher, and parent who is concerned about the excessive heat in their schools to contact their principals, their districts, their school board members, and if need be, their state lawmakers. Together, we can help communicate that students and teachers suffering in these conditions have difficulty caring how their new technology and new curriculum makes learning easier when the temperature in their classroom causes sweat to drip from their faces.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all those who teach our children and truly care about helping students succeed in life. Thank you to teachers who have used personal money to purchase air conditioners and fans for your classrooms. Thank you for members of the educational field who have done all you know of to fix the problems. Maybe working together we can let our voices be heard and come up with a more permanent solution.

Cindy Hellewell


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