Many Danbury area schools still lack air conditioning. Some are calling for a change.

Jerome Powell

While some students stayed cool in their classrooms this week, others were sent home early to escape the sweltering heat in their schools.

The Connecticut Education Association, the union representing the majority of teachers in the state, is calling on federal coronavirus relief funds to be used to install, maintain and repair heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in schools.

“Too many of our schools lack air conditioning or have ventilation problems that lead to toxic mold,” Jeff Leake, president of the union, said in a statement. “Poor air quality in classrooms could also lead to a resurgence of COVID-19 and other health problems for our students, especially since elementary and some middle school students are not yet eligible for vaccines.”

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