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The Hot Seat

6 Sep

“Did they forget to turn on the air conditioning?” asked a parent at Wednesday evening’s ice cream social.

A number of other parents asked similar questions as they entered my classroom where I stood fanning myself. It was so hot in my room that my eyebrows stopped working. Sweat ran right through them and into my eyes.

A stretch of 90+ degree weather had heated up the school and our AC was clearly not working despite assurances from the district office to the contrary. Their remote sensors told them so. Some teachers in classrooms near mine were collecting data. The highest classroom temperature was 87ºF. For most of us, it was around 84º.

The custodian had complained to the powers that be. Teachers complained. The principal complained. At Wednesday evening’s ice cream social, we encouraged our parents to complain.

Thursday morning, someone finally showed up. Yes, the air was circulating but something was up with another system. A button was pushed and we started cooling off.

When students show up today, I’ll be back in the hot seat. Fortunately, I’ll have a a little more control over how I feel.

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