LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Parents are voicing concern over an apparent lack of air condition in their children’s classrooms, as Southern California’s record heat wave continues.
Students, too, told CBS2’s Cristy Fajardo that they spent the majority of the day dealing with the extreme heat during school hours.READ MORE: Woman Shot During Brazen Daylight Robbery At Beverly Hills Restaurant
Photos from schools around Long Beach showed thermometers, displaying temperatures of 101 degrees in one classroom at 2:10 p.m. Tuesday.
The Teachers Association, the union representing the faculty of the Long Beach Unified School District, says it has received numerous health-related complaints.
“Children are experiencing nausea, bloody noses, (headaches),” Teachers Association of Long Beach’s Virginia Torres said.READ MORE: 150 Railroad Ties Damaged In Fire At Vernon Lumber Yard
A spokesperson for the district did not respond to requests for comment on the matter.
The union, meanwhile, says the problem stems from the fact that many of the district’s schools were built before air conditioning became commonplace. The rewiring of the buildings to include proper air conditioning is expensive.
The district passed a bond measure to upgrade schools, however.
The union says it is working with the district to offer temporary solutions, including the watering down of blacktops, bringing in swamp coolers.MORE NEWS: Glendale School Football Teams To Hold 'Virtual Practices' After Positive COVID Tests
The ultimate goal, meanwhile, is for every classroom to have air conditioning.