May 29, 2018 06:53 PM
Students returned to school Tuesday after the long, holiday weekend. For many, that meant a day without air conditioning.
Some metro school staff sent pictures of windows in an east metro school building blocked out with black paper to keep the sun and heat out.
In another classroom, the thermostat read 90 degrees Tuesday.
Schools around the metro kept students in class despite no air conditioning in many buildings.
"Some of the things we suggested to bring were labeled water bottles to keep kids hydrated, along with moving recess indoors perhaps to spaces in the building that are slightly cooler," Karen DeVet, Chief Operations Officer with Minneapolis Public Schools, said.
We did it! We topped 100° in my #CHCougars classroom.— Mark J. Westpfahl (@MarkJWestpfahl) May 29, 2018
I'm not sweating anymore.
I'm light headed.
I have a headache.
All the classic signs of heat exhaustion.
Imagine what my my pregnan & nursing colleagues are going through & of course my students, esp, those observing #Ramadan pic.twitter.com/NE0fdd6PD7
One teacher KSTP spoke with said his classroom was warm. Fortunately, he mentioned the room has a lot of windows.
"All the windows were open and doors were open. We tried to get a nice breeze through there," Jack Lee said.
Minneapolis schools did have people checking on the heat in the buildings.
"Our environmental health and safety department mobilized at 10:30 this morning to check internal temps in a variety of spaces in each building," DeVet said.
In St. Paul, fans were delivered to some classrooms during the day.
But some students said that wasn't enough.
"I am in 8th grade and with no air conditioning, I feel dizzy and can't focus," one student said.
"I can barely sit still. I go from one class to another and I feel like I'm going to faint," another added.
While some students struggled through the day, parents KSTP talked to weren't overly concerned.
"I said you know what, it's one day. I'll give them more water, they can have it and I will pick them up later," one dad said.
As long as water is available, some parents felt comfortable with the situation.
"I wasn't too concerned. I sent them off with bottled water and hoped for the best," another parent said.
In Minneapolis, 14 of the 68 buildings have no air conditioning. In St. Paul, about 40 of the roughly 67 buildings have no air. In the Anoka-Hennepin School District, 7 of the 42 school locations do not have air conditioning.
Updated: May 29, 2018 06:53 PM
Created: May 29, 2018 04:18 PM
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