School districts working to beat the heat

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  • Mothburgers Magna, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 4:12 p.m.

    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 few.

  • Coach P Provo, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 12:26 a.m.

    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) :)

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Aug. 30, 2012 11:18 a.m.

    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.

  • MissTeaching Layton, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 9:28 a.m.

    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!

  • trekker Salt Lake, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 10:06 p.m.

    here is the best idea start school after labor day and end it the friday before memorial day.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 9:39 p.m.

    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.

  • Winglish Lehi, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 8:33 p.m.

    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.

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 5:32 p.m.

    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.

  • jp3 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 4:23 p.m.

    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.