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When it’s announced in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, that the school will be canceled due to the weather, it’s almost 100 percent of the time attributed to extremely cold weather or a blizzard that makes the roads unnavigable.
This week, Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) fired students at 11:30 a.m. one day as the heat indices hit triple digits. The reason? Only 17 percent of MPS’s buildings are fully air-conditioned, making conditions in the schools difficult for staff and students to cope with, Chief Inspector Keith Posley said. WTMJ channel 4.
Posley told the station that retrofitting the buildings with air-conditioning systems is a priority for MPS, but the projects would cost at least $1.5 million per school. He hopes to use some of the pandemic’s federal relief funds to address the air conditioning problem.
The lack of air-conditioned schools is a problem across the country. The station quoted a USA Today report saying that 30 percent of the country’s public schools are not fully air-conditioned.
Instead of long-term solutions, officials are asking schools to adopt temporary solutions, such as using industrial fans and individual AC units in classrooms.
Dave Lubach is editor-in-chief, Facilities Market.