December 23, 2015

Street Survey: Extreme Room Temperatures

Street Survey: Extreme Room Temperatures
Sophie Goldman ‘19
Extreme temperatures inside the school building affect students and faculty, leading to disruptions and a lack of focus.
“The temperature of the school is uncomfortable, makes it hard to concentrate, and lowers the quality of the day.” freshman Sam Lurie said.
Many have noticed this issue and feel either freezing cold or boiling hot throughout the building. In most cases, this problem would be quickly resolved by changing the thermostat; however, this is not an option.
“Teachers have no control over [the] thermostat,” science teacher Ms. Sonet said.
In fact, locked boxes have been put around some thermostats to prevent changing the temperature. If temperatures need to be changed, it can only be done by a janitor via the computer system. Even though some students may agree with freshman Nina Robins, who said the temperature doesn’t affect her concentration in class, others find it a major distraction that diverts their attention off of their work.
“In Ms. Steinberg’s room, it was really cold, but then I was in room 314 and it was too hot and I had to take off my sweater,” sophomore Dina Doctoroff said. “I don’t want to have to worry about if I need a sweatshirt or not.”
Although it may seem minor, Doctoroff’s worries are shared by freshman Amanda Feldman. She feels she spends too much time in class worrying she will waste time by getting a sweatshirt and then loses her train of thought.
Normal activities as simple as sitting at a desk have become annoying for Ms. Sonet, who said she cannot grade in her own classroom due to the cold. On the other hand, Doctoroff said she spent a class standing next to the door in room 316 because it was too hot.
Sometimes, temperatures in the new multipurpose room have been so high that it is impossible to use the room. For Lurie, putting on tefillin when it is hot, but tolerable, in the room is very uncomfortable.
In addition, freshman David Wingens cites the science labs as a problematic area.
“When I’m in science,” he said, “sometimes it’s really cold and I can’t focus.”
When asked why the problem still continues, nobody seemed to know. According to Wingens, it has always been a problem.
The only solution, most students reported, is to wear layers. Ms. Sonet said sometimes she even offers her sweater to students in her room; however, there is no easy solution to the problem in cases where it is too hot.
It seems everyone has been disrupted by the extreme temperatures in some way. The temperatures cause problems which could be easily fixed with better temperature control, distracting students and teachers alike.
Until a proper solution is found, it seems there is no other choice but to listen to Ms. Sonet’s advice: “Be prepared.”
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