NYC students, staff swelter with nearly 500 AC repairs needed

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By Dan Sears

Big Apple students were sweltering this week amid the late season heat wave, with nearly 500 schools complaining of air conditioners, The Post has learned.

One Brooklyn school said their air conditioners might not be fixed until November.

The eye popping number of complaints surfaced after teachers conducted a survey to compile a list of schools struggling in the heat, and garnered 496 responses.

The “overwhelming majority” of gripes represent individual schools, a teacher behind the survey said, though it’s unclear if or how many classrooms or shared spaces like cafeterias or gyms were impacted. Many are in District 75 schools, which serve children with disabilities.

Children and staff have gotten heat sickness with temperatures of 82 degrees recorded in some classrooms and near 90 in gyms, said one source.

The temperature Thursday, the first day of school for New York City students, reached a steamy 93 degrees.

At the New Utrecht High School in Bensonhurst, air conditioners in the cafeteria and some classrooms are not working and students are being shuffled into rooms that do have it, according to another source.

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Fiorello La Guardia High School entrance, located at corner of Amsterdam Ave & W 65st., mhtn. Open windows at school, while a report of air conditioning not working at school. ConEd working outside
Nearly 500 schools complaining of having nonfunctioning air conditioning after just two days back to school and a sweltering heatwave.
Robert Miller

Windows open at a school.
Teachers conducted a survey to compile a list of schools struggling in the heat, and garnered 496 responses.
Robert Miller

Outside of New Utrecht High School.
Air conditioners in the cafeteria and some classrooms at New Utrecht High School are not working and students are being shuffled into rooms that do have it, according to one source.
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Air conditioning units at New Utrecht will be fixed “as soon as possible,” school leaders were told — but they were given an estimated timeline of two months.

The United Federation of Teachers was not notified about the lack of AC until Wednesday or Thursday, when teachers were setting up classrooms or reporting for the first day of school.

Principals have been left trying to order machine parts as fast as they can, a source said.


Outside of PS 81 in Ridgewood.
Some air conditioner repairs may not happen for another two months.

Outside of La Guardia HS.
Teachers complained of “stuffy and gross” conditions in their hot classrooms due to a lack of functioning air conditioners.
Robert Miller

One Staten Island middle school teacher described her windowless classroom, which has poor ventilation, as “very uncomfortable” this week.

“It’s really, really stuffy and gross,” she told The Post.

Some want to close the schools if there is no working AC.

“There should be no school with this heat wave in the buildings,” one member of a teachers group on Facebook said.

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