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Heat issues in the GR Schools


By: Simon Toffell

The opening of schools means the end of summer and the beginning of fall. This year, the school year began in a heat wave of 90º+ temperatures. The average temperature this past week has been 89 °F and humid.

The Glen Rock elementary schools are not air conditioned in many of areas. The areas that have Air Conditioning are:

  • Gym
  • All purpose rooms
  • Library
  • Auditorium
  • Nurse’s office
  • Principals office

When the Middle and High School were redone several years ago, air conditioning was put in.

The lack of AC during heat waves can cause several health related issues. Including heat exhaustion and then heat stroke. These 2 serious medical conditions occur when the body can not cool itself down. Because of these potential health conditions,  Many schools in the Tri-state area closed early or did not open at all due to the heat wave.

NJ State legislature states: chapter 33 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes. Each school district shall: strive to maintain, to the extent feasible, room temperatures within the target range of 68 degrees Fahrenheit to 79 degrees Fahrenheit in all occupied areas of school facilities.

Has Glen Rock followed this statute?

Let us know! Voice your opinion 

This topic has been brought up several time the past few years due to the increase of warmer temperatures in September, May and June. Many residents  feel that it is not necessary for such a short amount of time. During the recent heat wave, residents are reconsidering the need of AC after incidents of teachers passing out in front of their classrooms and children throwing up due to the heat.

The opinions ranged from:

“It is worth the substantial expense for the limited usage in Sept. and June.?” 


“Anything less than the entire school, by today’s American standards, is unprofessional & therefore unfit for the children & professionals in GR!”

We have reached out to the BOE for their thoughts and reactions to this issue.

Have your voices heard. There is a BOE meeting on 9/21/2015 in the HS Cafeteria.

We here at BTN invite you to write an editorial about your thoughts on AC in the schools.

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