Students to Staff: Where is the Air Conditioning? It's Too Hot in Class!
By: Kianni Johnson, Senior Writer
As the weather transitions, students body temperatures aren’t regulated. Being hot or cold are the top things students complain about besides doing work or the time. Earlier this year, students felt the heat wave hit Hillcrest High Schools which left them hot, sticky and wondering -- where are the air conditioners?
When the temperature outside is continuously rising, it can have many effects on a student’s performance in class. Looking around classrooms in September, it was clear that students struggled to pay attention. Just ask Zainab Tahir, a Media, Arts and Music Junior, who struggled to deal with the heat. “I’ll be sitting in class trying to pay attention to the teacher, but I can’t because I’d feel extremely hot. It’s hard to pay attention to the teacher, much less what is being taught.”
In addition, being hot and having to do work can affect somebody’s focus and health. Exposure to high heat can lead to headaches, nausea, vomiting, weakness in the limbs and rapid heart rate. “When it is hot, it makes me nauseous and it interferes with my learning. When temperatures are exceeding 85 degrees, it can sometimes get very hot in the classrooms and then having to learn as well the combination just doesn’t mix,” said Arjalae Arrington, Biz-tech student. As you can see, dealing with heat as well as learning at the same time affect students greatly.
Due to the fact that students actually want to pass they have to put up with the heat so they can learn. However, there is only so much one can do before they turn really ill. Therefore, when one is too ill they can’t focus and learn to the point where the heat is not only affecting their body but their education too. Air condition is one solution but rooms without any air conditioning has its faults.
This is not the first year that there have been extremely hot days where the heat has affected students learning. With this being said, why doesn’t all the classrooms have air conditioners installed? Some students would at least take air conditioning in the hallways or gyms.
It seems as though providing rooms with air conditioning will affect students performance in class greatly which is Hillcrest High School’s mission. Ms. Ziozis, Assistant Principal of Organization, sympathizes with the students and is trying to help but has hit roadblocks including having the right wiring in the building. “As the school is becoming more technologically advanced, the school is becoming limited with the amount of electricity available. Therefore, there are concerns when updating systems.”
Ms. Ziozis has requested air conditioning in capital projects from the city; however, all funding comes from city budget. “Ultimately, we would love to have the whole school air conditioned because it is more comfortable. But, being as though Hillcrest is on a city budget, the city cannot just look at Hillcrest, it has to look citywide. With that, other things are more of a priority.” It is understandable that Air Conditioning may improve students academically, but air condition is more of a luxury item than a necessity.
Mr. Morrison feels as though yes that classrooms with no air condition can affect students, it not an excuse not to learn. “There is not a direct correlation that a student may perform better [with air conditioning]. We seem to take things for granted and although no air conditioning may be uncomfortable, it is no reason for failure. “
Hillcrest may be hot, but, it is your duty to get through it and do whatever it takes in order to pass. Complaining does raise awareness but does not guarantee you’ll get what you want. Hillcrest works hard to provide a nice environment with or without air condition. It is exciting, yet shocking, to know that a request for more air conditioning from the city has been made. Students may think that school is a lot of work and they have to suffer in the heat. However, in the words of Mr. Morrison, “the goal is to make all members, not just students, of the community to have a safe comfortable environment in school.”