About 20 Oklahoma City schools without air conditioning yet this spring should receive cold
Oklahoma City School District officials normally turn on air conditioners April 15, but the unusually warm weather bumped up the timeline, district spokeswoman Tierney Tinnin said.
“If the weather is unseasonably warm like we have had this week, we make adjustments, which is what we have been doing most of the week,” Tinnin said. “ ... It is a complex issue adjusting to the body temperatures of thousands of students and staff members.”
While temperatures have been uncomfortable to many students and staff, the buildings have not been unsafe, Tinnin said.
At John Marshall Mid-High School in northwest Oklahoma City, some of the upstairs classrooms reached temperatures into the mid-80s and lower 90s this week. Teachers brought in their own fans and some even taught class in the hallways or outside. The principal passed out cold water to her staff Friday morning.
Switching all the schools' air systems from heat to cool can take up to five days, Tinnin said. The district's team of 10 HVAC workers should be finished turning on the air conditioning by the middle of next week.
As of Friday afternoon, 20 locations had no air conditioning: ASTEC, Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School, Capitol Hill High School, Classen School of Advanced Studies, Cleveland Elementary School, Dove Science Acad