Students at one Dallas middle school started the school year with no air conditioning.
The Dallas Independent School District acknowledged that it has “experienced a challenge with the cooling system” at Francisco “Pancho” Medrano Middle School. They said they’ve been working on it since the summer to get it fixed.
Some teachers at the middle school posted on Facebook, writing that temperatures inside their classrooms reached about 90 degrees.
“The water’s hot, the classroom’s hot, everything’s hot,” said a Medrano 7th-grader Kanecia Hunter.
On top of the air conditioning issues, teachers said the power went out twice Friday.
The pictures posted on social media by other teachers showed students sitting in the dark and using their cellphones as flashlights to get their work done.
A spokeswoman with the district Robyn Harris said, “This is truly not an ideal circumstance. But we do apologize that we were not as quick in sharing out information with our community members.”
Dallas ISD added spot coolers and box fans inside the middle school. They also handed out chilled water and ice cream to students and staff Friday. Still, parents and students say it’s not enough because people are getting sick.
Harris said they hope the air conditioning will be fixed by Monday.