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  • Orchard Primary School
  • Almont, MI

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Our school year begins during the hottest part of summer about a week and a half before Labor Day. Our classrooms were designed with four windows of which only two open. Of the two windows that open, only one has a screen and the other is an emergency exit. I recently purchased a window fan for this window. It stretches the length of the window which helps stop bees from flying in and does help bring some air movement into the room. Despite the use of this fan and 4 other fans as well as keeping lights off as much as possible, our classroom grows exceedingly hot as the day goes on. We get the morning sun, so the fans really just circulate hot air and we continue to bake until school lets out. The intense heat and humidity sucks the life out of my students, especially after coming in from playing outside at recess and never being able to fully cool off. When the kids and their teacher are melting, our papers are wet, hands are sweaty, and everyone is tired...little learning is accomplished. Our school is set up for air conditioning, but will never be installed for budgetary reasons. The school board, superintendent and many parents argue that they went to school without air and were just fine. This may be so, but educational stakes are higher in this day and age and curriculum, as well as performance demands have tripled. Suffering from asthma myself, I'm also concerned about my little ones who also suffer. When educators and learners are comfortable and have basic needs met, the most learning gets accomplished.

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Our school year begins during the hottest part of summer about a week and a half before Labor Day. Our classrooms were designed with four windows of which only two open. Of the two windows that open, only one has a screen and the other is an emergency exit. I recently purchased a window fan for this window. It stretches the length of the window which helps stop bees from flying in and does help bring some air movement into the room. Despite the use of this fan and 4 other fans as well as keeping lights off as much as possible, our classroom grows exceedingly hot as the day goes on. We get the morning sun, so the fans really just circulate hot air and we continue to bake until school lets out. The intense heat and humidity sucks the life out of my students, especially after coming in from playing outside at recess and never being able to fully cool off. When the kids and their teacher are melting, our papers are wet, hands are sweaty, and everyone is tired...little learning is accomplished. Our school is set up for air conditioning, but will never be installed for budgetary reasons. The school board, superintendent and many parents argue that they went to school without air and were just fine. This may be so, but educational stakes are higher in this day and age and curriculum, as well as performance demands have tripled. Suffering from asthma myself, I'm also concerned about my little ones who also suffer. When educators and learners are comfortable and have basic needs met, the most learning gets accomplished.

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