UPDATE: Craig Gordon says the heat is back on in his classroom.
As the frost advisory continues, some Oakland schools or classrooms are without heat. “My kids are sitting here with blue lips, shivering, freezing,” said Corrin Haskell, a fourth-grade teacher at Brookfield Elementary School.
Craig Gordon, a teacher at Paul Robeson High School (Fremont campus) in East Oakland, sent me some photos of his room, including one of a student warming his hands over an LED projector.
“Don’t be fooled by the toasty 58 degrees showing on my thermometer,” he wrote. “My room is several degrees warmer than most, because I have lots of windows collecting southern and western rays.”
Tim White, OUSD’s assistant superintendent of facilities, said about a dozen schools have reported problems with their heating systems. White said his five heating technicians are running from school to school to make repairs, which sometimes require two visits to fix.
“The staff is very aware that these are priority issues,” White said.
Does your school have heating issues? What are you and your students doing to stay warm?