No air conditioning?

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  1. DrivingPigeon

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    Does anyone else NOT have air conditioning in their building? Out of the 8 schools in my district, 3 do not have air conditioning, and mine is one of them.

    This week the temperatures have been in the 90's, and it is extremely humid. Many of the things teachers have put up on the walls are falling down. Yesterday was a work day, and we had to take pictures with our grade-level teams. We were all soaking with sweat, and had red faces. That will look cute on the website.

    Tonight we have Open House 4:30-6:00. I can't wait to see what I will look like by then. I'm sure I will make a great first impression!

    I just hope it cools off before the kids come next week. Oh, and I didn't mention that we're not allowed to bring things to school that need to be plugged in, which includes fans. At least I have 2 ceiling fans.

    If you don't have AC, how do you make it through the hot months?
     
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  3. czacza

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    No AC in mine except office and tech lab. It was fairly mild in June so we didn't have too many unbearable days. I have had days however in other years when it was 90 degrees in my classroom! Mostly on days like that, I try to get as much done in the morning, turn off half the lights, encourage water bottles. :(
    We go back next week...hoping it stays mild!
     
  4. MrsC

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    No air conditioning in our elementary schools (although, I think that our new building will have AC in the office. We have some of those days when it's pretty "icky" in the classrooms and we do the same as czacza. We can have fans, but they can sometimes be quite a distraction and often just move the hot, sweaty air around.
     
  5. sue35

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    No air conditioning for us and the kids started last week. It is in the 90s here as well. It is miserable. I pull the shades and try to do as little moving around as possible. It is really dangerous for me to be in hot weather as I lose salt easily so I have been lucky enough to have been put in the computer lab (air conditioned) for two days. But I am very worried for the rest of the week. Some schools around us have gotten out early because of the heat
     
  6. lucybelle

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    We don't have AC but it stays somewhat mild throughout the year. Some days are really very hot, but we have big windows that we can open. You really just deal with it. Nothing stays on our walls unless you use two-sided tape, and even then you need to use a good amount.
     
  7. smalltowngal

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    Living in Texas, you have to have AC or else no teaching/learning would get done!
     
  8. janlee

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    Yes, my building is air conditioned and I can even control the temp. At one point our middle school had AC and my building didn't. Our union said not fair so the district installed window units in all the classrooms in my building. My building was renovated about 5 years ago so now there is central air. Love my union.
     
  9. chemteach55

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    Same with Louisiana--I think that no air conditioning here would fall under cruel and unusual punishment. I was actually thinking this morning that I am so glad that I have windows in my classroom this year because I will be able to open them and enjoy the nice weather for about 4-5 days in December when it gets to around 60 degrees!!:)
     
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    We do not have air conditioning. Luckily, my P is really lenient with staff dress code. Today I wore a knee length jersey dress with thick tank-top style sleeves and flip flops. I find that wearing dresses in hot weather helps "get a breeze" up there lol. It's been mid-high 80's all week.

    I also have three fans in my room. When kids aren't in there, I point it directly at my desk! :lol:
     
  11. AlexaD

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    Last year I did my ST in a building with no AC. The first few weeks were brutal.
     
  12. Pisces_Fish

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    I have a/c in my trailer but last year it went out several times. Actually, it was down the first day of school last year and it got so hot a kid passed out!! Keeled right off his chair... :( I feel so sorry for those without a/c, I've had a taste of what it's like and it's awful!
     
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    I had never heard of not having AC until I joined these boards. It must be a law in CA or something, because I have never ever heard of a school without it. I just can't even imagine. Of course, where I teach it can easily be over 90 during June, July, August, September, and October, with freak hot days popping up during other months as well. It's 98 today!

    We actually have inclement weather days when it's too hot and the kids have indoor recess. Usually if it's in the high 90s or more. It's considered unsafe and a health risk for the kids.
     
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    I was sitting - just sitting - in a meeting today, and I could literally feel the sweat forming on my hands and arms. We don't have A/C in my room, so I am hoping for a Tuesday!
     
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    We have AC, but mine's not working...ugh. :(

    Nothing like starting back to school with 90+ temperatures, sweaty stinky bodies, and can't open the windows because the hot air will blow in by the hot wind!

    I'm still waiting (impatiently) for a fan to be brought in that I requested last Friday.
     
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    When school starts in August, it is still over 100 every day.
    We have AC, but the units are way too old and break often. Out of 5 school years, I have started school twice with no AC. This year we've had a few "not working" AC days already. The kids get tired and cranky (I get tired and cranky)...
     
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    In my district AC is only in the office, faculty room and computer labs. My classroom is the hottest in the school due to its window position and a messed up radiator, it's frequently over 100 degrees in there. Brutal. Two years ago I actually fainted because of the what in my room and was sent to the emergency room. My doctor in the ER was shocked to hear that I was working during a heat emergency in an un-air conditioned school. I guess he didn't go to public school in New York. Fortunately he made the school allow me to have a fan (which aren't allowed because the kids might stick their fingers in them).
     
  18. Rabbitt

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    Nope!
    The heat has been kicking my butt all week.
    Sweat has been running down my back.
    I have chaffing under the girls (sorry if that's too much info).
    Typically I take a photo with each child at Open House but not this year. I too was red and sweaty...not the way I want to be remembered.
     
  19. kellzy

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    We had a remodel done this summer and they're currently working on a building addition.
    The A/C fails everyday, but it fails in different places. Sometimes it's individual classrooms, sometimes it's a grade-level, sometimes it's a wing, and there have been times it's been the entire school.
    Either way in 100+ degree temperatures, I now know what it feels like to be a casserole.
     
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    My old school was air conditioned too much, and my new school doesn't have air conditioning...except in the office. :rolleyes:

    I'm planning on wearing dresses/skirts when it's hot and keeping water at all times. I'm hoping that I'll be able to bring in a small fan.
     
  21. readingrules12

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    I teach in AZ where it gets up to 120 degrees. We all have A/C and without it the classrooms get over 100 degrees. When A/C breaks, teachers find any place to teach with A/C on campus they possibly can. Fortunately, that doesn't happen often.
     
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    My school just got a/c this year--what a difference it makes! The first and last month of the school year could be brutal with the heat. When it's that hot, fans don't really make a difference--they just blow the hot sticky air around. Plus most of the windows in my old classroom didn't really open. The only thing you could really do was to keep drinking water. The worst was after a long, hot weekend where the building was totally shut up and it just baked in the heat--you could feel the rush of heat when you walked in Monday morning, especially when you walked up to the second floor.
    There was one day in particular a couple of years ago where the heat was crazy intense--after sending a couple of kids to the nurse for dizziness (I didn't feel that well myself), I finally just turned the lights off and told the kids they could put their heads down on their desks and rest for awhile.
     
  23. waterfall

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    We have it and so far I've been freezing...but at least I can just put on a jacket. I'd rather be a little chilly than not have it all when it's so hot outside.
     
  24. FarFromHome

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    Two of the three schools I've worked at haven't had air conditioning. It was so hot at my second school that I could hardly focus!
     
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    Well, i am from the Caribbean, so we have hot weather practically all year round. At my school, we don't have air- conditioner and the few ceiling fans that we have are broken. During very hot periods during the year, when temperatures are high, i take my students outside where there are many trees and the lessons are done there as well.
    If you have such area, don't be afraid to take your students outside. And if this is a really serious situation, then this need to be taken up with the PTA and the district as to how they can make the environment more comfortable for both teachers and students.
     
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    We only have AC in the offices, the cafeteria and the faculty room. We do have ceiling fans in every classroom.

    But we do have heat for the vast majority of the year when it's needed :)
     
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    Only ac is in the main office and computer labs ...if we want any fans the teachers have to buy them ..the beginning and end of last year was brutal, I'm hoping the weather is a little cooler this year.
     
  28. DrivingPigeon

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    I survived Open House! I was surprised at how many parents asked, "When are they going to turn the AC on?"...!!! I can't believe that they don't know by 2nd grade that we don't have AC. It was pretty miserable, but it's supposed to be in the 70's next week when school starts, so that's good.
     
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    When I was a classroom teacher, I had my A/C break down one year (I think it was the first week of school in mid-August) and the principal moved me to another classroom until the unit was repaired. The temp teached over 90 degrees in the classroom (it was well over 100 degrees outside). Thank goodness there was an empty classroom for me to teach in!!!
     
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    It is unheard of for an elementary building to have air around here.
    In the south, it was unheard of for them to NOT have air!
     
  31. Rabbitt

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    I one parent apologize that he needed to get out of the room because he was light headed due to the heat. I advised him to mention it to admin. Hope he did.

    Cool evenings will make a difference next week. Lows in the mid 70's just don't give the room/bricks/asphalt a chance to cool.
     
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    Several schools without AC were closed today due to the heat. The high was 88 with 52% humidity. I thought that was a bit ironic because we could have two feet of snow and hardly anyone would close...I guess that just shows what we're used to! We do have AC, but it was just a work day for me so I'm not that jealous of people that had the day off.
     
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    Definitely have a/c here in FL. Though it broke one day last week when the heat index was about 104 and the humidity was at 88%. No one was teasing me and my multiple fans that day.
     
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    Depends on which wing you're in.
    We have AC in the office, library, math classes (though my AC is a little wacky sometimes), history classes, and some foreign language/science classes.

    Most foreign language/science classes, English classes, phys ed classes, and art/elective classes do not.
     
  35. FourSquare

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    No A/C here!

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    From my classroom today.

    GOOD TIMES!
     
  36. ChristyF

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    I had many days last year with no AC because the only working one of the three finally died. (We had hotel units.) I removed the thermometer so the kids couldn't see how many times we hit 100 in there. It wasn't fun, but I had fans all around the room. Every kid was able to get air from one. This past summer our school invested in new units for our two upper halls. They're expensive, but really nice.when they looked at what they spent on repairs each year it just made sense. Next summer the lower halls will get them.
     

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