UPDATE (10/2/14): The list of 12 schools for the pilot program has been added to the end of this post.
CBS 2 – “Photos from schools around Long Beach showed thermometers displaying temperatures of 101 degrees in one classroom at 2:10 p.m. Tuesday, September 16th. The Teachers Association, the union representing the faculty of the Long Beach Unified School District, says it has received numerous health-related complaints. 'Children are experiencing nausea, bloody noses, (headaches),' said Virginia Torres, TALB President."
The District & the Association have been working to find solutions for schools without air conditioning. The LBUSD is proposing a plan to mitigate the heat in classrooms with a pilot program. The following is an excerpt of a letter sent to LBUSD parents on September 26th, 2014:
“…While the school district cannot afford to provide air conditioning in all of our facilities in the near term, given the severity of the most recent heat wave, we are actively exploring short-term and long-term solutions to lessen the impact of such weather.”
The District has identified 12 schools for a pilot program to mitigate heat in the classrooms, which includes the testing of swamp coolers, ceiling fans, pedestal mounted oscillating fans and reflective window film.
The 12 schools that the District has chosen to be in the pilot program are:
- Tincher K-8
- Muir K-8
- Gompers K-8
- Barton Elementary School
- Mann Elementary School
- Bixby Elementary School
- Stanford Middle School
- Hughes Middle School
- Lakewood High School
- Millikan High School
- Wilson High School
- Poly High School