Cold classrooms force out students and teachers

Madison Sell ’18

Multiple classes were stopped and moved out of their usual classrooms on Jan. 2 as a result of extremely low temperatures. This problem was mostly present in the left side of the building, in lower number classrooms on the first and third floor.

“It wasn’t bad earlier when we were oil painting,” art teacher Tracy Wright said, “but the jewelry classroom is very cold. If it’s still this bad later, we will probably go to the cafeteria.”

Students did end up having to leave their classrooms to seek refuge in other classrooms, the library or the cafeteria.

“We had to bring two space heaters into the room and we all huddled around them,” Anais Kermoal ’19 said.

Custodians were hard at work to fix the issue, and were too busy to comment. However, students in the science hallway were told that the classrooms must be at least a certain temperature, and many classrooms were falling below this number.

According to the Connecticut General Assembly, there is a “public health law that requires occupied offices or places of business to have a temperature of at least 65 degrees.” It is not clearly stated that this applies to public schools, but it is usually interpreted to apply.