NICHOLS HILLS, Okla – The heat is on for Oklahoma kids during test week.
Parents are outraged over the hot an uncomfortable conditions inside some classrooms — and they are taking the battle to Twitter.
Small box fans and cracked windows.
Parents say these are the conditions children have had to endure this week at Nichols Hills Elementary. Outside temperatures have been in the upper 80’s.
Parent, Michelle Greene said, “It was uncomfortably hot.”
Michelle Greene has two students here, including a 3rd grader. She said her children are stressed enough over Core Curriculum Testing.
Sweltering classrooms have only added to their worries. “Workshops, prep tests. Then they come to school and it’s hot. How do they expect them to concentrate?”
Michelle took her ire to Twitter. And several other parents quickly chimed in.
“Another brilliant decision by OKCPS. Our kids are testing in 90 degree classrooms!! #really?”
“I’m confused. Is OKCPS going to take the blame when 3rd graders fail … ”
“That’s disgusting. Why are they being so mean to the kids?”
Greene said, ” I tweeted about it last night. Lots of people tweeted back. People retweeted. Next thing I know, the district is tweeting me.”
OKCPS Spokesperson, Tierney Tinnin said, “We welcome that kind of feedback and we want to engage our community in any way that we can.”
District officials say they began activating the AC units last week. But there are nearly 80 schools in the district, and the process is time-consuming. Tinnin said, “We have 3000 rooftop AC units that are manually switched from heat to AC.”
School officials tell us all AC units are up and running now, with the exception of two schools, Jefferson and Rogers. They are currently undergoing MAPS renovations.
Maintenance workers fired up the AC here at Nichols Hills Elementary, late Friday morning. Less than 24 hours after Michelle Greene unleashed on Twitter. Greene said,”It’s much more comfortable in there.”