I visited TWO Track E (Starts August 9th and gets out late June) schools this week and I really thought I was going to die. It was sweltering. The poor children and staff! I think schools in warm climates, ESPECIALLY ones that start in early August like Track E, should have A/C installed. Think of the potential there! You can remodel schools to be "green" while you're at it. I mean, I'm sorry, but that **** was just unacceptable. One math class (God bless them) was graphing the daily temperature in their room throughout the day. It got up to 94*F. Fans don't help much. They just make a lot of distracting noise. And I don't care how much AC costs either. They tell teachers to "make it happen" all the time with no resources. So don't tell me about budget deficits-MAKE IT HAPPEN. These are poor working conditions! See, the union and I agree for once: :haha: http://www.suntimes.com/news/education/2594974,CST-NWS-heat13.article August 'snow day' for Chicago Public Schools? Teachers call for time off as kids swelter in uncooled schools Day Two of Chicago's first "excessive heat warning" in four years prompted sweltering public school teachers Thursday to urge cancellation of classes in schools without air conditioning and the city to extend cooling center hours for seniors. Hot, humid air made Thursday's mid-90-degree temperatures feel like a stifling 103 degrees. More 90-plus heat was expected today. In anticipation of yet another "excessive heat warning'' day today, a Chicago Teachers Union spokeswoman urged Chicago Public Schools officials to let any of the 200 year-round CPS schools without air conditioning use "snow days" to cancel classes. Supporters of the idea included Morgan Park High teacher Loretta Balsam, who estimated the temperature in her classroom Thursday at above 90 degrees -- despite two fans. "I don't even let my dog stay out in heat like this,'' said one teacher at Emmett Till Elementary who supported the unique "snow day'' use. "It's inhumane.'' CPS opposes using "snow days'' on hot days, district spokeswoman Monique Bond said, because "schools are the safest place for children to be, even under these extreme circumstances. Many families cannot make alternative plans for their children.'' Extreme heat and humidity "can be deadly," Jose Santiago, head of the city's Office of Emergency Management and Communications, warned Thursday. "Seniors living alone are especially vulnerable.'' The National Weather Service placed Cook County under a three-day warning. It expires at 7 p.m. today. City and county officials on Thursday extended the hours at 18 cooling centers for the elderly, which will again stay open until 7 tonight. Other cooling centers -- including 22 run by the Chicago Park District -- will maintain regular hours. Officials are encouraging people seeking a cool haven overnight to head to police stations. Those air-conditioned facilities are open 24 hours. Libraries, Park District pools and hospitals are other places to beat the heat, said Joel Mitchell, head of the city's family and support services. He asked those looking for further details to call 311.