Heat, Humidity Take Toll On Students In Classrooms With No AC
The heat and humidity are taking their toll on some area students and teachers.
Nearly two dozen Columbus City Schools lack central air conditioning, forcing staff members to do whatever they can to battle this week’s scorching, late-summer sun.
"Yesterday, in particular, it was 92 degrees and that was in one of the cooler rooms, and some of the rooms are actually hotter,” said Debra Wisecup, a Clintonville resident, who says she is friends with several teachers at Moler Elementary on the city’s southeast side.
Wisecup says the teachers have put multiple fans in each classroom, but the fans haven’t helped much.
"You can't learn in that situation. You can't teach in that situation,” said Wisecup. “So they just try to stay as cool as possible, and I know a lot of the teachers bring in popsicles and bottled water and that sort of thing to do the best they can with the conditions."
Moler Elementary is not the only Columbus school dealing with the heat.
Students at the partially air-conditioned Columbus Alternative High School are also complaining about the hot weather.
One student, who wished to remain anonymous, said the choir room lacks both air conditioning and windows. That student said temperatures in the classroom were close to 100 degrees.
A spokesperson with Columbus City Schools says the district is monitoring the heat index and indoor temperatures, giving water breaks to students and encouraging them to wear light clothing.
The district says it has not had any reports of heat-related illnesses.
Columbus City Schools says that even though some of its schools lack central air conditioning, some classrooms and modular classrooms have AC box units to accommodate medical issues and special needs students.
Wisecup says she knows installing central air is not a quick fix but wants to see something done.
"When you have air conditioning, the kids can be more focused,” she said. “They're going to get better grades."
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