DENVER (CBS4)– Denver Public Schools want to keep students cool when hot weather strikes. A total of 50 buildings in DPS don’t have air conditioning.
Heather Showman, a social worker at Stedman Elementary, has learned to adapt an old furnace to help control the temperature. Sometimes she has to open the windows, even if it’s snowing outside.READ MORE: Rescue Crews Locate Family Suffering From Dehydration While Hiking Near Evergreen
But she said it’s harder for her kids to keep their cool after spring break.READ MORE: Denver Weather: It's Been Seven Years Since The Metro Area Was This Hot, This Early
DPS is considering offering an alternative calendar option for schools without air conditioning. Those schools would start a few weeks later to avoid the late summer heat, without sacrificing any instructional time.
“It’s really frustrating to tell kids every day, ‘I’m really sorry that you’re hot. I’m really sorry that you’re thirsty. I know you’re doing you’re best but we still have to try and learn.’It’s really hard as a child to understand not having those basic needs,” said Showman.MORE NEWS: Rescue Groups In Colorado Seeing A Concerning Number Of Emergency Calls In 2021
Next week, DPS will survey administrators in schools without air conditioning to see how they feel about an alternative calendar.