Classroom temp control

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  1. RussianBlueMommy

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    Hi everyone

    In your classroom, are you able to/allowed to change your thermostat? What are your school rules on it. Since I work floating/inclusion, I am always in a different room and at times for the whole day. Our school allows us to change thermostats but only down to a certain degree. However, in some of the older parts of the building- the thermostats are fixed so you have to have a plug in M/STAT thing to adjust them and you are out of luck if it is uncomfortable.

    Personally, I like to keep my room cooler and have the kids put on jackets. Besides, colder helps us stay awake- or so I think.
     
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    Ours are all externally controlled in my wing of the building. If it's way too hot or way too cold though, you better believe I'm a squeaky wheel, and I'll bombard them with help requests to adjust the temp for my room.
     
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    Our AC systems go as low as 70 and the heater goes up to 82 degrees, I believe.

    In our school office, there is one AC unit. However, there are several different offices/rooms within our main office (with one temperature control, though, which is in the hands of our office manager). We keep the temp pretty chilly in here, which I'm perfectly fine with. At my last site, it was always far too warm. Our office manager would keep the temp between 76-78. I get grouchy when it's too hot indoors.
     
  5. RussianBlueMommy

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    Oh, I get extremely grouchy when hot!!
     
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    No control. We can ask our custodian to send a request to have it raised up a degree or two (or down), but that's it. With no AC, and heat shutting off at 3:30, it can make for some very hot days (during the spring/summer/early fall) and cold nights whenever I'm here late or on weekends during the late fall / winter time!
     
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    Ours are supposed to be set at 73 in summer and 68 in winter. However, 73 with 35 eighth graders in the room is uncomfortable. They put off a lot of heat. I adjust mine.
     
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    We can control it within boundaries set for us. 72 is as low as it goes, and that is WAY too hot for me with 32 fifth grade bodies in there. The district also turns off automatic AC at 3:00 and our school dismisses at 3:20. We have to keep turning it on every 30 min or so after it's turned off centrally.

    I don't know about heat yet because this is my first year at the school. I live in California, though, so I very rarely use heat since I like my classroom colder.
     
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    No control whatsoever. Up until this moment we have been freezing even with it warm outside. We got an email that said they were switching over to the heat, and it was even colder - my multiple layers were insufficient. Some rooms in the same small area will be terribly hot while the room next door is freezing. Since I often teach in multiple rooms throughout the day, I never wear shorter than 3/4 sleeves, coupled with different layers of long sleeved sweaters. I usually have two different sweaters in my room, one lighter, one significantly heavier. The wardrobe changes keep us on our feet!
     
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    I remember hearing that David Lettermen kept his studio so cold the audience could see their breath and this was to help keep them engaged with the show and the guest. Therefore I always keep my room as cold as I can.
     
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    We have a thermostat. I'm not convinced it actually does anything, though. But sometimes I go pretend to fiddle with it to calm student complaints.
     
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    A while back when I was server people always complained that it was too hot or too cold. I would just tell them I changed it (when I actually did nothing) but it would take a while to feel anything.
     
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    We don't have thermostats in our rooms. The building is ancient and temperatures fluctuate wildly between rooms. I'm lucky that mine usually isn't too bad. Some are absolutely burning up and others are freezing.

    In my first school I had a thermostat in my room that I was always cranking up. I'm always cold and this was in a location with pretty much constant terrible winter weather (one of the major reasons I didn't last long living there). I had recess duty every day, often with below 0 temperatures and heavy snow fall. I would crank the thermostat way up when I got back inside. I never got complaints that my room was too hot. Most of the kids said they loved it!

    I've never understood the thing about being cold supposedly making people more attentive. If I'm cold, I'm distracted because I'm thinking about how cold/uncomfortable I am! I'm definitely not able to focus as well as if I were comfortable and not having to think about the temperature at all!
     
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    My thermostat is behind a tiny, locked, plastic box and it mocks me as we roast. We are not allowed to open windows either.
     
  15. RussianBlueMommy

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    "It mocks me as we roast" Classic line of the day!

    I get hot very easily and sick if I get too hot, so I like it cold. You can always add layers but there are only so many layers you can remove before ya end up nekked ;)
     
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    No control here either! Unless I call down to the main office and lodge a complaint we're left to suffer. My room can get really muggy and gross quick too because of the lack of ventilation :mad:
     
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    I *usually* have control and can set my thermostat between 68-74 degrees...but it is broken and the A/C won't turn on. Seeing as it is going to get up to 92 degrees today, I am not happy... :mad:
     
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    At one school, I had to wear sweaters in the summer and short sleeves in the winter. It was so hot that it hurt to breathe.

    I currently have temp control. The kids want it on 78 and I want 74 so we compromise and keep it at 76.
     
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    The AC Is out in the room I am in today. Going to get 90.... :(
     
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    Oh my gosh I just got some insider info!! NONE of the thermostats in the rooms are actually hooked up to anything!! They function as a placebo Oyyyy. Central office controls it :(
     
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    Our building is from like 1897. We have no control over heat. They did install window ACs that sort of cool things in the late Spring. I'm not convinced they work terribly well. I always keep mine on the lowest temp possible.
     
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    Wow. That is so pathetic. I'm sorry you have to deal with that kind of BS.
     
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    They finally figured out how to fix my A/C...I guess the HVAC specialist got his knickers in a knot and quit out of the blue, and purposely DELETED the manifest showing how to fix it...so lovely...
     
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    This is nuts. I don't know about what I was told, because today I changed it to make it warmer and the AC shut off. Maybe it was coincidence?
     
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    OMG this subject!! About ten years ago, the school got an addition and some renovations, and as part of that they also installed AC. I was excited because unlike most women, I get really hot and uncomfortable as soon at it hits 70 degrees outside. If it's humid, forget it, I am miserable and borderline sick. Well, the AC was installed, but it only works in some rooms. It always works in the administrative offices, but it never works in the classrooms in my hallway. The teacher next door bought a thermometer and it would regularly get to 84 degrees in his room, and complaining didn't seem to be getting us anywhere. They finally got us individual units for our classrooms, thank goodness. It was so hard to keep a positive attitude when you're feeling awful from the heat and humidity.
     
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    Isn't it amazing how this always seems to be the case? :mad:
     

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