I'm a student at Cyprus High. In the morning, the temperature isn't so
bad. It can be around 84, but it's usually climbing upwards from 95 towards
the end of the day. The third floor is miserable, and the classes are an hour
and forty-something minutes long. Nothing like some Magna water to beat the
heat. It's definitely been a hassle, sweating throughout the period and
taking notes as you're trying to hold a pencil with slick hands. I'm
surprised the students are coming to their classes. I am very much looking
forward to having A/C this year, as they failed to have it installed the last
Orem Parent:I have four classes over 40 students and one with 38.
37 sounds like a nice number. But so far my AC is working fine (knock on wood)
So what I'm hearing is that air conditioning is the "make or break"
proposition in the public school system now?Right now somewhere in
India there are 75 kids crammed into a 12' x 12' classroom learning
math, and doing much better at learning math than the kids in the US. And no,
their 12' x 12' classroom doesn't have A/C.Seems to
me that some teachers here are making excuses.
We always started school after Labor Day in Californa and went into the second
week of June. When I moved to Utah, I couldn't believe that they would
start so early. As a school teacher, we have to get ready a week before school
starts! Thank goodness Davis District decided to change to the after Labor Day
schedule, but, of course, this would happen after I retire. Bummer!
here is the best idea start school after labor day and end it the friday before
The climate reality of Utah:Schools should start after Labor Day and
end in June. Hasn't anyone noticed that is much hotter in late August
versus early June? It seems other states have figured this out.
My students are staring at me with glazed eyes. I'm giving it everything I
can, bringing out the best stories and jokes I've got. Nobody even cracks
a smile. The learning activities are being done in complete silence. Teenagers
are not speaking to each other. There is no joy in school this year. The heat
wave and lack of air conditioning is killing learning more effectively than
political efforts from the right wing.
Totally ridiculous. Meanwhile back at the capitol building, the legislature
sits in the posh new offices with the air conditioning at 65°. Oh wait
the legislature isn't in session and they probably aren't even using
those offices but I bet money the temp is still set at 65°.I
hear classes are down to 37 kids per class this year.
As a teacher in good ol' Granite District whose classroom temperatures
begin in the morning at 84 degrees and top out at 90 degrees in the afternoon,
the one word that comes to mind is "shameful." If these were adult
students instead of children and teenagers, there is absolutely no way they
would stand for this. Since these young students have no voice, they do as
they're told.As a teacher, this week is a complete wash--yet
the district touts that they squeezed a week in so that they can take an extra
week at Christmas? Utter rubbish. Here is a solution: instead of wasting
taxpayer money at a million dollars a school to use A/C for two or three weeks
out of the whole year, start school after Labor Day. Granite District spends
money like it's going out of style on things that are completely
unnecessary--the district leaders display hubris, stupidity, and a frightening
disregard for children's well-being and tax-payers wallets--shame on you.