Heat Plan for Non-Air-Conditioned Buildings
During the months of August/September and May/June, the District uses both forecasted and actual temperature and humidity readings in those schools that have classrooms without air conditioning. When these readings exceed the recommended guidelines for safety, which is when the Effective Temperature (ET) calculation is forecasted to reach 85 degrees for four or more hours, the Superintendent may either cancel school for the next day or implement an early dismissal plan for those buildings that have classrooms that are not air conditioned. The following are two examples of an Effective Temperature (ET) calculation resulting in an ET of 85 degrees:
- An inside temperature of 92 degrees Fahrenheit with 70% relative humidity.
- An inside temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit with 30% relative humidity.
The early dismissal option will only be used in an extreme situation due to the potential logistical issues and the hardship an early dismissal may cause our elementary parents. The decision for early dismissal will be made by the Superintendent by 12:00 pm.
- It will apply to all buildings that have classrooms that are not air-conditioned.
- Parents are notified via Connect Ed phone calls.
- Dismissal will be at 1:00 pm.
During the spring of 2015, ductless air conditioning units were installed in 100 classrooms in the 19 elementary buildings where classrooms did not have air conditioning. The work continued in the summer of 2016, with ductless air conditioning units installed in 50 additional classrooms. Principals have been provided with the following guidelines for the use of the ductless air conditioning units:
- The use of the Effective Temperature (ET) calculation will continue to be used to factor inside temperature and humidity.
- The ductless air conditioning units will be turned on during the first three weeks of school when the ET is 75 degrees for four or more hours. These weeks have traditionally been the hottest days. The following are two examples of an Effective Temperature (ET) calculation resulting in an ET of 75 degrees:
- An inside temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit with 59% relative humidity.
- An inside temperature of 90 degrees Fahrenheit with 15% relative humidity.
- If the ET is below 75 degrees for four or more hours, during the first three weeks, the ductless air conditioning units will be turned off for that day.
- When the ET is 80 degrees or above for four or more hours, a cooling rotation schedule will be utilized. Principals will work with their Instructional Leadership Teams to develop a schedule to rotate through the air conditioned classrooms and other cooling areas. A district level protocol has been developed as to when temperatures will be taken and ET communicated with the schools. The following are two examples of an Effective Temperature (ET) calculation resulting in an ET of 80 degrees:
- An inside temperature of 87 degrees Fahrenheit with 56% relative humidity.
- An inside temperature of 95 degrees Fahrenheit with 26% relative humidity.
- In the spring, the ductless air conditioning units will be turned on, for that day, if the ET is 75 degrees for more than four hours.
District Administration has worked with the elementary principals on best practices and set an established routine for relief that includes rotating classes through air-conditioned rooms, utilizing the gym for second floor classes, and moving outside when appropriate.
- Elementary School Air Conditioning FAQ (updated September 2016)
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President: Shannon Lynch
First Vice President: Karen Duncan
Second Vice President: Tami Reid
Treasurer: Diana Taylor
Secretary: Maria Murphy