Baltimore Faculties With out Air Conditioning Deliver Extra Challenges To Distinctive College Yr – CBS Baltimore
November 26, 2021 | by Noah Franklin
BALTIMORE (WJZ) – More than two dozen city schools do not have proper air conditioning.
The district’s policy is to fire students at midday on hot days, making the start of an already challenging school year even more challenging.
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CIty College High School classrooms are empty after another half day on Tuesday afternoon.
“It’s disturbing because you love to see your friends for the first time in a while. You wish you could hang out with them a little longer, ”said Henry MacGillis, a junior at City College.
Another City College student, Cole Kannam, said, “It’s a bit of a grind, but honestly I’m just happy to be back in the classroom after my last year of everything being virtual.”
Windows are open. Some classrooms have window air conditioners, but it is one of more than 30 urban schools without proper air conditioning.
“We’re not as privileged as other air-conditioned schools, but our teachers and school are trying,” said Parin Herman, a freshman at City College. “We are not as privileged as other schools with built-in air conditioning, but our teachers and our school are trying.”
Kannam said, “There are schools where not everyone has air conditioning and I understand that this can be a real struggle.”
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This time six years ago, the WJZ reported that 69 city schools had no air conditioning.
31 schools were fired early on Tuesday because either air conditioning was missing or it was being repaired.
“We are much better off. Although we don’t have air conditioning, we do have some window units. We have some windows. I also feel guilty about other schools that don’t even have windows or air conditioning in the school, ”said MacGillis.
Mask requirements show how different these hot days are compared to previous years.
“It definitely doesn’t help, but of course we have to wear masks to keep everyone safe,” said Nick Yezzi, a junior at City College.
Students find that many of the non-air-conditioned classrooms have fans and teachers are flexible with water breaks.
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The district’s layoff policy states, “Extremely hot days or (days) that feel warmer due to a combination of heat and humidity.”