D97 feeling the heat

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By Terry Dean

Staff reporter

District 97 is feeling the heat from a fewOak Parkparents upset about their kids sitting in what they describe as boiling hot classrooms in the last few days. Today's (Sept. 10) heat topped nearly 100 degrees. Parents have blanketed the school board and superintendent with a flurry of emails complaining about hot classrooms. Sweat-drenched students at the elementary schools have been forced to endure the heat in un-air-conditioned classrooms, parents say. The middle schools, meanwhile, are air-conditioned. Still, some parents said they weren't going to send their kids to school today. They're also mobilizing to come and speak at tonight's school board during public comments. In an email to the paper this afternoon, D97 spokesperson Chris Jasculca said the schools have taken several precautions today due to the heat, including having frequent water breaks, as well as students and staff utilizing air-conditioned areas in the buildings. Tomorrow, fans and cases of water will be delivered to each building, Jasculca said. Temps tomorrow are again expected in the 90s until the weather starts to cool down the remainder of the week.

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Oh, Please...  

Posted: September 11th, 2013 2:28 PM

Generations of kids have gone and continue to go to un-air-conditioned schools here, and in climates much hotter than ours. Your kids can withstand the moderate discomfort of a hot classroom, just like kids all over the world have done for centuries. They'll be fine.

Jim Bowman from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: September 11th, 2013 2:00 PM

No # given of protesting parents. There are ten who wrote emails, FYI. Not "a few," but a respectable protest showing, which I don't think a reader would gather from this item.


Posted: September 11th, 2013 1:13 PM

You're right. 3 days just this week.

Oh, Please...  

Posted: September 11th, 2013 12:27 PM

As someone who went to school in southern Illinois decades ago, I'm unimpressed with a few days in the 90's. It's three days of mild physical discomfort. Your children will be fine.


Posted: September 10th, 2013 5:30 PM

This belongs on the front page of webpage.

Dick Butkus from Greatest Linebacker Ever  

Posted: September 10th, 2013 5:01 PM

WoW, stop your whining. The heat builds character. Old Man Halas was out there in his trench coat in the 90 degree 2-a-days getting on O'Bradovich and me and look at how we turned out. We were the best. meanest defense in the NFL when it meant something. Maybe with this heat Li'l WoW Jr. will grow up to be the best, meanest linebacker the world has ever known like me instead of same soccer loving wimp this country is churning out these days.


Posted: September 10th, 2013 4:23 PM

I suppose any other work environment could have the same rationale for not having it? I'll meet you at the Lake theatre w out AC. Or how about Board Meeting with out AC? Its only 15 days a yr. Where do you work and play?


Posted: September 10th, 2013 4:01 PM

The middle schools are AC because they were built in the last 10 years. Decade after decade OP children have managed to come through these old buildings. during a heat spell. We shouldn't be retrofitting these schools at millions for 10-15 days of high temperatures.


Posted: September 10th, 2013 3:35 PM

Will school ever be cancelled in Oak Park due to heat???

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