Hot classrooms upset La Jolla parents

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Thermometer in a Bird Rock Elementary classroom. (Credit: Amy Clay)

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LA JOLLA, Calif. — Parents were angered by the hot classroom conditions Thursday at an elementary school in La Jolla.

Students at Bird Rock Elementary were forced to work outside in the halls, sitting on the pavement to stay out of the heat.

“Their faces are red. They are sweating and there is no way any of those kids are learning in that heat,” said Marcy Sinclair, mother of an 8-year-old boy. “It’s ridiculous. Bird Rock should have been given a half day, like the Coronado Unified School District.”

San Diego Unified School District said the conditions to grant a half day were not met by the unseasonably hot weather.

In a statement, the district said:

“The district does not close schools due to hot weather but may call for minimum days at some schools under certain conditions. Thursday’s projected temperatures and heat index per the National Weather Service do not meet the criteria to call for a minimum day…”

FOX 5 spoke with parents and students who believed there was no learning going on.

A full day is planned for Friday, when the heat is expected to slightly ease.

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