Capitol rally to push for cooler classrooms

By Ryan Kalei Tsuji
Published On: Sep 26 2013 07:21:02 AM HST

Hundreds of students and teachers are expected to rally at the State Capitol Thursday to push for air conditioning in Hawaii's public schools.

Students and teachers from more than 23 public schools from across the state are expected to participate in a rally at the State Capitol Thursday calling on lawmakers to provide cooler classrooms, which could involve air conditioning.

On the Ewa Plains, one school in particular says their classrooms have become a heat box.

Campbell High School, which is one the schools participating in the rally, say their classrooms can get up to 90 degrees and hotter.  In fact, just last month on Aug. 19, students recorded temperatures that reached 95 degrees.

Teachers say the small enclosed area with up to 38 students creates an uncomfortable learning environment and they see the impact it has on student performance.

National studies about this very topic show that temperatures above 78 degrees produce harmful physiological effects that decrease work efficiency and output.

Comments

The views expressed are not those of this site, this station or its affiliated companies. By posting your comments you agree to accept our terms of use.
blog comments powered by Disqus