The heat

Everybody Talks About the Weather, But Nobody Does Anything About It.

It was an interesting moment yesterday.  A student got off the bus and was just drenched from sweat.  Now, I know that this student goes to a school that is air-conditioned so I just had to ask why.  The answer?

Sure, the school is air-conditioned but the bus wasn’t.  We had all the windows down but it didn’t make any difference.  It gets hot when you put all those people in there.

It’s been hot in Essex County for the first two days of school.  It’s been the talk everywhere.  My car said 37 when I was out just after lunch.

It can be quite brutal at times.  In fact, a task force was started by a couple of local teachers in August.

It’s kind of funny.  When the weather gets bad in the winter, there is a procedure for closing schools, typically when the buses are unable to run.  But should the weather turn to hot, there is no solution.  It’s not just the outside heat; as noted above, there’s all those bodies packed in to a learning space.

At least around here, teachers slug on.  Not so yesterday in Philadelphia.

In the labour code, there is a provision for a refuse to work.  It’s a tough call in education because the students are there and are part of the picture.  Where do you turn?

On Facebook, there have been calls for the donation of fans to classrooms to help ease the pain.  The advice of staying hydrated is about the best that can be suggested.  Probably the very best bit of news is that things will change for Thursday and then on.  That doesn’t make Tuesday and Wednesday any easier to handle.

How about taking a moment and sharing how you coped?  Are you fortunate enough to work in a school with well working air conditioning to make this a non-issue?  If not, what did you do?


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7 thoughts on “The heat

  1. Our school is an older one without air conditioning, although we do have air in our classroom due to a SEA claim a few years ago. It wasn’t turned on last week though, so when Paula and I were setting up, we did so with lots of water by our side. It was a hot one! Being surrounded by trees, open windows did help a bit. This week, the air has made a difference, & the shade outside, made it more tolerable. I feel for the rest of the school though, and know that everyone is trying to cope as well as possible. Kids still seem happy though, which is great!


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  2. The air conditioning must be nice although, if this morning is any indication, the big problem may be over. You do offer a good point for considering the environment. The traditional school is surrounded by black top (and for good reason) but it only serves to attract and radiate the heat. Beyond the aesthetics, being surrounded by trees has all kinds of advantages.

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  3. We spent a good portion of the day laying on the floor because the concrete under the tiles keeps it a bit cooler. I have one small fan (from home of course) but it wasn’t enough. I don’t have work clothes for the heat! And students were over dressed in their clothing that is typically appropriate for fall. I often wonder why schools don’t have ceiling fans. Maybe some do? Today feels better so far.


    1. Today looks a great deal better around here, Lisa. Lots of cloud and the wind appears to be blowing in a change of weather. I did have to laugh a bit as I visioned your class lying on the floor. As a secondary school teacher, I don’t think that would ever be possible.


  4. Old building. No AC. As you climb the stairs you can feel the temperature rising significantly. Our 2nd floor classroom has no windows, so we can’t get fresh air or a cooler morning breeze. I’ve got multiple fans going, but it’s still pretty sweltering. By lunch time the kids are wilting. Have been trying to keep the afternoon low key. It will take a few days to clear out the heat and stale air. Until then, we are wearing light clothing, sitting by the fans and wearing lots of deodorant.


    1. Every the teacher … turn this teachable moment into personal hygiene! Love it, Ramona. Stay cool today. Without windows, it’s going to take a while to cool things off, I suspect.


  5. That all sounds rough and not right! Something has to give in the south! The weather patterns might not… Start school in October? 😀

    It was 4 degrees and sunny in Thunder Bay this morning. We are up to 20 now. I won’t complain about how many times I go back and forth to pants and shorts in one day…

    Stay cool!


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