Are hot classrooms making learning difficult? - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Are hot classrooms making learning difficult?

Source: Angel Goodrich. Lewis classroom at 7 a.m. Source: Angel Goodrich. Lewis classroom at 7 a.m.
CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) - A classroom is meant for learning, but for many at W.W. Lewis Middle School, something is making that difficult.

Tuesday, KPLC heard from students, parents and even teachers that some classrooms at Lewis are hot - temperature hot. These individuals say they've gone to the school administration, who've turned to the school board, who then went to Johnson Controls. But it's still hot.

So who's in charge of finding a solution?

Seventh grade student Jade Goodrich explains what it's like being inside certain classrooms at Lewis, "It's really hot and makes me feel nauseous."

At first, her mother Angel Goodrich says she thought her daughter was being dramatic.

"I just kind of blew it off and then everyday she'd come home talking about how hot it was and how she's coming home with headaches everyday. I was like well maybe I should look into this a little bit more," said Angel.

Jade says mainly classrooms upstairs are hot, which she says causes a lot of people to get sick.

Her mom wanted proof.

"We sent her to school with that thermometer and the thermometer was showing that the readings were in the 80's almost everyday, as high as 84 or 86. I can't remember exactly which one. But another major concern was the humidity. The humidity is in the 60's everyday," explained Angel.

Angel took that evidence to school officials.

"I did meet with the Assistant Principal at W.W. Lewis and he did tell me that he realizes there is a problem and he's put in several work requests to get the A/C fixed," said Angel.

Calcasieu Parish School Board officials told KPLC the school did have two recent incidents, including one over Labor Day weekend, which affected their cooling systems. But they say both incidents have been resolved.

But Angel says that can't true. According to a thermometer reading taken Tuesday, it was still 80 degrees in a classroom at 7 a.m.

"My biggest concern is health, number one. If you're not in a cool environment, like I said people are falling asleep, people are getting sick, there's no learning going on," said Angel.

For now, Jade says she fans herself with folders in class to stay cool, but ultimately hopes, "it gets cooler real soon."

Other teachers told KPLC they asked if they could bring in their own window A/C units but were told no because they're a fire hazard.

Angel says she feels it's an issue between CPSB and Johnson Controls.

The district contracts with Johnson Controls for HVAC systems. KPLC hopes to do a walk-through Wednesday and follow-up with them to see if there's a solution and what that might be.

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